Stefanos Tsitsipas has suggested that he is ready to put things ‘in the past’ with Daniil Medvedev. The ATP Tour is finally back as the Western and Southern Open is set to get underway this weekend. The US Open will soon follow at the same venue with some of the top players in action. Two of those players are Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas. In the absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Medvedev and Tsitsipas will be the strongest challengers to Novak Djokovic.
At the same time, all eyes will also be on the historically strained relationship between the two players. Ever since their first meeting in 2018, the two have been at loggerheads with each other. Now Tsitsipas has expressed that they should forget and move on. He also said the incident with Medvedev was the only time in his life he has been angry with another player on the court.
In an Instagram Q&A session with fans, Tsitsipas was asked about his relationship with Medvedev now. To this, the Greek player said, “It’s probably the only time in my life that I got pissed off during a match with my opponent. But let it all be in the past. Let’s just forget it and move on.”
It all started at the Miami Open in 2018 when the two players had arguments with each other. Medvedev was unhappy with Tsitsipas for not apologizing after a net cord during one of the rallies. He expressed that Tsitsipas’ conduct was unsportsmanlike and the two had heated arguments. Tsitsipas had also once branded Medvedev as a boring player with a boring style of play.
After his victory over Medvedev at the ATP Finals that year, Tsitsipas had said that he ‘does not hate’ Medvedev, but they certainly would never have dinner together. Medvedev had always had the upper-hand and that victory was Tsitsipas’ first over the Russian in six attempts. They have not faced each other since.
Medvedev is currently ranked 5th in the ATP rankings, while Tsitsipas is at the 6th spot. With Nadal and Federer not playing both the events in New York, Tsitsipas and Medvedev will be in the top four seeds, behind Djokovic and Dominic Thiem. They will not be drawn to meet before the final. If they do end up facing each other, it will be interesting to see whether things are actually forgotten.