“Very Millenial Shot”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Opens Up on Final Point in QF Win Over Daniil Medvedev

Published 06/10/2021, 12:44 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 8, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his quarter final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier


Stefanos Tsitsipas opened up on the final point in his resounding quarter-final win over World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev at a spectator-less Philippe-Chatrier on Wednesday.

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The fifth-seed hit the ground running against the Russian and barring the second set, which was closely fought and went to a tiebreak, he bossed Medvedev and eventually avenged his loss in the semifinals of this year’s Australian Open.

Stefanos Tsitsipas came up with a perfect response to an underarm serve by Medvedev

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Down by two sets and struggling to stay afloat in the third, Medvedev unleashed one of his signature underarm serves. However, Tsitsipas was ready for it and dealt with it well to close out the match in his favor.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 8, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his quarter final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

To a question on whether he was prepared for the underarm serve, the Greek said he sensed that his opponent had a surprise up his sleeve when he took a “short break” between points.

“Once he took, kind of, like a short break, I saw he kind of stopped, I felt like there was something coming up. So, at that point, I think I got prepared for it,” Tsitsipas said.

On the winner he produced in response to the underarm serve, the current World No. 5 called it a “very millennial shot”.

Going into the last-eight clash trailing 1-6 in career head-to-head battles with the Russian, the Greek dictated the run of play in the early games and got himself a break of serve. Landing his serves right, he managed to hold on to his lead and win the opening set 6-3.

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Tsitsipas bossed Medvedev in QF, avenged the Australian Open defeat

The second set also saw Tsitsipas getting an early break but Medvedev broke back immediately after to restore parity to the scoreline.

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With no more break of serves thereafter, the set veered to a tiebreak and Tsitsipas held himself strong and got through the key moments to win it 7-3.

Bursting with belief and confidence, the Greek started strong in the decider and got himself a decisive break, and eventually closed out the match in straight sets.

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He will play World No. 6 German Alexander Zverev for a place in the final on Thursday.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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