“Don’t Have to Think Against Who I Am Facing”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Unfazed by Daniil Medvedev Challenge at French Open 2021

Published 06/07/2021, 1:13 AM EDT
SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 12: Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece congratulates to Daniil Medvedev of Russia after the Men’s Singles Semifinal of 2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre on October 12, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)


Fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to the French Open 2021 quarterfinals for the second straight year. He overcame Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 to book a meeting against second seed Daniil Medvedev. The Russian defeated Chilean professional Christian Garin 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 to reach his first Roland-Garros quarterfinal.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 6, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his fourth round match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

After their previous meeting, the Greek talent is at a 6-1 disadvantage against his next opponent. However, he has had some outstanding results on clay this year and is looking forward to the challenge.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas reflects on previous encounters with Daniil Medvedev

Primarily, the 2021 Monte-Carlo champion called their earlier matches “a learning experience.” Stefanos added that he had anticipated more than enough from Daniil in the past.

“I think every single match I had against him was a learning experience,” the 2020 Roland-Garros semifinalist said. “You know, I had high expectations from him, and that’s a good thing, going into the match having higher expectations than your opponent might play.”

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Moreover, the 22-year-old also remembered having dominated the start during their Australian Open 2021 semifinal. Tsitsipas credited his mental preparedness for the same.

“I also had a great start, where I didn’t let him attack a lot; I didn’t give him that much space to get going,” the Greek continued. “My performance was good, I was very mentally there in every single game, and whether I was serving or not, I was very concentrated in the process, and I did my thing the way I did it.”

Furthermore, Tsitsipas even acknowledged Medvedev’s improved service game. However, he has confidence in his game to take out any challenge.

“Of course, [with] myself playing well, I feel like I don’t have to think against who I am facing or not. I just have to play my game and let the rest be witnessed,” World No.5 concluded.

Tsitsipas and Medvedev’s road to French Open 2021 final

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Interestingly, the 2020 Roland-Garros finalists Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are in the same half this year. Therefore, their potential meeting will be in the semifinals and not the final. It means that Tsitsipas and Medvedev have an open chance to reach the final.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 6, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his fourth round match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

The winner of this match will next meet the victor between Alexander Zverev and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Above all, it will be an all-out blockbuster tennis match that no tennis fan would afford to miss.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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