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The quotes of 2022, episode 6 – Tsitsipas: “Medvedev is not the most mature person”
To end 2022, Tennis Majors offers you a review, in chronological order and in series format, on the outstanding, inspiring or funny quotes of the year. Episode six, the spat between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev
- “Playing Daniil is boring, so boring, it’s like another day at work” – Stéfanos Tsitsipás, beaten by Daniil Medvedev in Shanghai in 2019
- “I think we respect each other as players, but probably not much as people (big smile) – Daniil Medvedev, before facing Stéfanos Tsitsipás at the French Open in 2021“
Before they met in the semi-finals of the 2022 Australian Open, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas were no longer a match for each other. From their first meeting on the main tour, in Miami in 2018, they had been calling each other names. After their duel in Melbourne, the Greek, beaten in four sets, added one more to their collection.
“It was funny (smile),” he commented, on the moment the Russian started yelling at the umpire. “I don’t pay too much attention to those things. I know some players like to do stuff like that to destabilise you mentally. Maybe it was a tactic. He’s not the most mature person anyway.”
Are you stupid? Answer my question!Daniil Medvedev
At 5-4 in the second set, after losing his serve, the Moscow native was suddenly possessed by the spirit of John McEnroe. “Are you stupid?” he shouted at the perched man. “DOES HIS FATHER HAVE THE RIGHT TO SPEAK TO HIM AT EVERY POINT? ANSWER MY QUESTION! How can you be so bad in a Grand Slam semi-final? LOOK AT ME! I’M TALKING TO YOU!”.