‘Not the Most Mature Person’: Stefanos Tsitsipas Takes a Dig at Daniil Medvedev After Australian Open 2022 Drama

Published 01/28/2022, 9:35 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 19, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev and Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas shake hands after their semi final match REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

People will remember today’s Australian Open semifinal between Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas for a very long time. It’s not because of the match itself, but the drama surrounding the match. The match had code violations, arguments, profanity, and on-court coaching, all of which makes for extremely entertaining content.

In the end, Daniil Medvedev won the match in four sets. However, the war of words didn’t stop after the match, as it continued at the press conference as well. 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas took a dig against Daniil Medvedev

The top seed in this tournament, Daniil Medvedev, beat the Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas in four sets in 2 hours and 30 minutes. After going down in the first set, Tsitsipas made a good comeback in the second set to level the scoreline. However, Medvedev wasn’t happy, as he thought Tsitsipas’ father was coaching the Greek player from the player’s box.

Then came the phenomenal outburst of Daniil Medvedev aiming towards chair umpire. The Russian player literally ordered the chair umpire to give Tsitsipas a code violation. He said, “If you don’t, you are… how can I call it… a small cat.”

In the end, Medvedev won the match by 7-6,4-6,6-4,6-1, but fans will remember this incident for a very long time. 

Later, at the press conference, Tsitsipas revealed what he thought about the rant by Medvedev. “Well, it’s for sure funny (smiling). It’s funny. I don’t pay attention to the stuff. I know players like to do this stuff to throw you off mentally. Could be maybe a tactic. It’s all right. He’s not the most mature person anyways,” Tsitsipas responded.  

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Earlier in the tournament, Tsitsipas also got a coaching violation against Benoit Paire. In the past players like Andy Murray have complained about Tsitsipas for taking long bathroom breaks during matches. However, Medvedev’s comments and behavior towards the umpire was untoward, to say the least. 

Medvedev is through to the final

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Despite all the drama, Medvedev kept his cool in the third and fourth set to clinch the match at the end. He will now face Rafael Nadal in the final, who is looking for his 21st Grand Slam title. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 27, 2022 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev celebrates winning his quarter final match against Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Can Medvedev stop Nadal like he stopped Novak Djokovic at the 2021 US Open final? We will surely see the result on Sunday. 

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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