‘One sees Rafa, Novak, Roger within the Grand Slam victories, so, you understand, spice it up a little bit bit, change the identify record’
IMAGE: Daniil Medvedev may have one other likelihood to win his first Grand Slam title on Sunday when he meets double defending champion Novak Djokovic. Photograph: Jaimi Joy/Reuters
Stefanos Tsitsipas mentioned he would not be shocked if Daniil Medvedev beat Novak Djokovic to win the Australian Open title on Sunday and that victory for the Russian would be good for males’s tennis.
The ‘Big Three’ of the boys’s recreation — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic — have shared 57 Grand Slam titles between them and Dominic Thiem’s US Open triumph final 12 months was the primary time anybody exterior the triumvirate had gained a serious since Stan Wawrinka gained in New York in 2016.
World quantity 4 Medvedev had a shot at breaking that stranglehold within the US Open last in 2019 in opposition to Nadal however went down in 5 units.
He may have one other likelihood to win his first Grand Slam title on Sunday when he meets double defending champion Djokovic, a file eight-time winner at Melbourne Park.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see Daniil win the tournament,” Tsitsipas, ranked sixth on the earth, instructed reporters after his 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 defeat to Medvedev within the semi-finals.
“But, you know, it’s a strange scenario. I played Rafa here two years ago. I found his performance against me that day phenomenal. I was 100 per cent sure he was going to win the tournament. And I ended up being wrong.”
“Who knows? I don’t know. Like, Djokovic is playing well too. Look, I’m not a betting website. I don’t know what to say. Might be Medvedev, would be good for him, good for tennis.”
“Why not? I mean, one sees Rafa, Novak, Roger in the Grand Slam victories, so, you know, spice it up a little bit, change the name list. Wouldn’t be bad.”
Tsitsipas rallied to an excellent win from two units down in opposition to Nadal within the quarter-finals however was not able to blame fatigue for his loss to Medvedev.
He was extra interested by giving credit score to the ATP Finals winner, who has now gained 20 straight matches.
“Let me tell you that he’s a player who has unlocked pretty much everything in the game. It’s like he’s reading the game really well,” the 22-year-old Tsitsipas mentioned.
“So he makes it very difficult, and I’m sure all the hard work that he has been putting (in) and the hours on the court have benefited a lot. He tricks you. You know, he plays the game really smart. It’s really interesting to see that.”
It was the third semi-final loss for the Greek and he can not wait to get previous that hurdle.
“I have been waiting for that. I have learned a lot; had a lot of learning experience from those three matches,” Tsitsipas mentioned. “I don’t know. It’s a shame.”
“You come so close, you work so hard, and everyone is dreaming of a Grand Slam victory.”