“His Game is One-Dimensional”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Surprised With Daniil Medvedev’s US Open 2021 Glory

Published 09/21/2021, 2:11 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)


Russian World No.2 Daniil Medvedev surprised the tennis world when he defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets to lift his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open 2021. Not just tennis experts and fans but World Number 3, Stefanos Tsitsipas as well.

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Calling him the “best player at the moment,” Tsitsipas lauded the Russian’s performance. However, what surprises him are the results produced by Medvedev’s unorthodox style of playing.

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Despite his 6’6′ frame, Medvedev moves around the baseline smoothly. But more than that, he consistently returns the balls, urging his opponent to make the error first. In addition, the 25-year-old also has an exceptional service in his arsenal, making him the perfect candidate on fast hard courts.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia hits a shot against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Stefanos Tsitsipas on the playing style of Daniil Medvedev

Notably, the 23-year-old Greek is not the first player astonished with Daniil Medvedev‘s unconventional gameplay. Although crediting him as a difficult opponent, Tsitsipas cannot decode how the Russian keeps winning on hard courts.

“Medvedev is very consistent; he is a very difficult opponent,” Tsitsipas said. “It surprises me that he manages to achieve such results by playing this style of tennis.”

(All quotes are translated from French to English via Google Translate).

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; (L-R) Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrate with the finalist and championship trophies, respectively, after their match in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, the Greek professional went on to describe how he sees Medvedev’s game. While unorthodox and unconventional have become his nicknames, Tsitsipas labeled him as “one-dimensional.”

He said, “I wouldn’t say Medvedev’s game is boring, I would say it is one-dimensional.” However, Tsitsipas also stated that Medvedev is currently the best and that he “proved it with his results.

Earlier, Medvedev and Tsitsipas met each other in the Australian Open 2021 semifinals. In that match, the Russian had gotten the better of the Greek in straight sets. Stefanos, however, exacted his revenge in the quarter-finals of the French Open, beating Medvedev in straight sets.  

Tsitsipas and Medvedev qualified for the ATP Finals 2021

Considering their performances in every other tournament, the former ATP Finals champions qualified for this year’s edition in Turin. Most importantly, Medvedev will be the defending champion at this event.

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Indeed, the best eight players of the 2021 season will compete against each other to lift the ATP Finals trophy. Notably, the city of Turin in Italy will host its first edition of the year-end championships. So far, Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, and Stefanos Tsitsipas have qualified for this elite tournament. Which players do you think will fill the next five spots? 

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Also, who will be the first winner in the Turin edition of the World Tour Finals?

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Purav Joshi

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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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