Daniil Medvedev, the ultimate disrupter, is on brink of tennis history | Tumaini Carayol

Daniil Medvedev, the ultimate disrupter, is on brink of tennis history | Tumaini Carayol

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Medvedev outplayed Stefanos Tsitsipas, blending strategic excellence with random, off-the-cuff decision making

As Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas prepared to reignite their young, fiery rivalry in the pressure cooker of an Australian Open semi-final, all the usual narratives took hold. Aside from the very enjoyable drama – their mutual dislike stems from their clash after a match in Miami two years ago that ended with Medvedev uttering the line: “Man, you better shut your fuck up, OK?” – it was the clash of styles that seemed to be a particular fascination.

Tsitsipas, with his single-handed backhand and his firm embrace of the net, is often positioned as an heir to the Roger Federer and Pete Sampras lineage of classic single-handed players. The image is accentuated by his good looks and heritage, which leads to an overwhelming number of references to Greek philosophers and mythology including, of course, “Greek God”.

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