Daniil Medvedev is usually the participant who confounds opponents on the courtroom. However after dropping in straight units towards Stefanos Tsitsipas on Tuesday night within the Roland Garros quarter-finals, the Russian admitted that the Greek — whom he referred to as “an awesome participant” — shocked him early on together with his spectacular play. The second seed was by no means in a position to totally get better.
“That is why it went really easy on his aspect, as a result of I did not anticipate such an awesome stage from him,” Medvedev mentioned. “I felt like I performed good guys like [Alexander] Bublik, [Cristian] Garin, Tommy Paul truly, who performed good from baseline. I felt that I used to be on high of them within the rallies, so I felt I might proceed doing this at present like on the exhausting courts.
“It was not the case so I needed to change. I needed to go extra aggressive. I really feel I’ve performed quite a lot of good issues at present, nevertheless it was not sufficient to win, and that is unlucky.”
Medvedev arrived in Paris with an 0-4 document on the clay-court main, however he discovered his footing on the terre battue with victories towards harmful foes in Alexander Bublik, Tommy Paul, Reilly Opelka and Cristian Garin. In these matches, the World No. 2 dropped only one set. However towards Tsitsipas, the Greek was merely higher.
“Each time I do not win a match, it is form of a disappointment,” Medvedev mentioned. “I used to be feeling good immediately, so I used to be like, ‘I can do good outcomes.’ However earlier than coming right here, if anyone would inform me I’d be in [the] quarters dropping to Tsitsipas in a tricky match, I’d signal. I cannot lie, I’d signal, particularly being 0-4 within the first rounds earlier than.”
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Medvedev had two set factors within the second set and led by a break within the third set, so the match was nearer than the scoreline. The Russian simply was unable to capitalise on his openings to place much more stress on the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals champion.
“I feel [it was a] nice match, nice combat at present. I used to be combating till the final level,” Medvedev mentioned. “If we discuss concerning the final level, that was tactically [what] I wished to do [with] this serve, it was not that I wished to go away the courtroom or something.”
The Russian was referencing match level, when he hit an underarm serve and rushed to the web. Tsitsipas replied by crushing a backhand to seal his victory after two hours and 19 minutes.
“I used to be eager about it throughout the entire match, that possibly [on an] necessary level I might do it, as a result of my opinion [is] that he was fairly far again within the courtroom, so that may all the time work,” Medvedev mentioned. “However I did not see the chance earlier than, and this one I felt that he was form of on high of me, so I believed it’ll be a good selection to deliver him [a] shock. I generally do it in observe. Normally guys are a bit shocked.
“It did not work out in any respect. He had a simple ball to complete. He made it. However once more, as I mentioned, it was tactical, and I will not say it was a mistake. It was one thing that I dared to do and simply possibly subsequent time I will not do it understanding that he is prepared.”
Moreover dropping a possibility at reaching the semi-finals, the Russian additionally missed an opportunity to assert the No. 1 spot within the FedEx ATP Rankings this fortnight. If Medvedev gained the title, or if he reached the ultimate and Novak Djokovic failed to take action, the 25-year-old would have climbed to World No. 1 subsequent Monday.
Now the Russian’s probabilities at making the highest of tennis’ mountain throughout the grass season will depend upon how Djokovic performs the remainder of Roland Garros. For now, Medvedev leaves Paris understanding he gave all he had towards Tsitsipas, and simply fell quick.
“I used to be combating, I used to be adjusting my techniques after the primary set the place he was positively a lot better than me,” Medvedev admitted. “He was up a break [in the second set], I attempted to combat again, and I really feel like he gained an awesome tennis match.”