Tsitsipas comments on playing Medvedev - “It’s just boring”

Max G.

Legend
Tsitsipas seems to have an issue with mentally recovering after matches. This is a symptom of it.

In his early rounds in Shanghai against Felix Auger-Aliassime, they talked about some of the things Tsitsipas had said after FAA beat him earlier in the year in Queens, and it sounded just as ridiculous. Stuff like saying "I don't know if I can ever beat him".

This sounds very much the same. He had a tough loss, and in the interview he's overreacting.

I think he needs to improve his mentality some - this isn't healthy for sure - but I don't think we as fans need to overreact to his overreaction. He'll be fine.
 

Gary Duane

G.O.A.T.
A little salty, eh Stefanos? :)

On Saturday, Stefanos Tsitsipas encountered his fifth straight defeat at the hands of Daniil Medvedev at Rolex Shanghai Masters 2019. After his back-to-back defeat against the Russian machine, Tsitsipas termed the matches against Medvedev as “boring” and was annoyed after his loss.

“Well, I don’t mean to be rude at all, actually, at all, but it’s just boring. It’s boring. It’s so boring that — I don’t know,” he said. “I hate myself, first of all, for putting myself into that kind of situation where I have to play in his own terms and not on my terms. And that’s kind of, I don’t know, reminding me of my childhood years when I was 12 years old playing inside the court,” the Greek lad continued.

Despite is shabby head-2-head record against the 23-year-old Russian, Stefanos Tsitsipas is confident about overcoming the machine, Medvedev. He believes that the chances of defeating Medvedev are more when his get opponent gets hold of the opening set.

“It was very close, and then — I don’t know. Just second serve was a bit, you know — I think once I get the first set from him, chances of beating him are getting higher because he will just keep doing the same thing. He won’t change really much. For me, in order to beat him, I just need to get the first set. That’s it,” Stefanos Tsitsipas explained.

On Saturday, World Number seven, Tsitsipas flawed a forehand at 5-all in the season set, he regretted his mistake at that instant and later reflected upon the places where he needs to work upon. “I should concentrate less on the technical side and leave that on the side during the match and be aware more of what’s in front of me and not think technically too much,” Tsitsipas added.

The Greek typhoon of tennis, Stefanos Tsitsipas dethroned the defending champion and the top-seed, Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals of Rolex Shanghai Masters 2019. Now, he holds a positive head-2-head record against the Serbian legend.

“I don’t know if I’m going to be able to beat him the next time or the time after that one, but I know there’s going to be a time where I’m going to find opportunities and beat him,” Tsitsipas said. “Probably two, three, four, five, six years’ time, I don’t know, but it’s going to come at some point. The chance of opportunity will be somewhere there. As you saw today, it was very close in a tiebreak,” he added.

Source: https://www.essentiallysports.com/its-just-boring-stefanos-tsitsipas-comments-on-playing-daniil-medvedev/
The problem is that he could have chosen just about any way to express his frustration, but blaming his loss on boredom is so lame. I've never been able to warm up this kid, and I think it's his arrogance that totally turns me off. Plus he seems more than a little in love with himself, very narcissistic.
 

vanioMan

Legend
The problem is that he could have chosen just about any way to express his frustration, but blaming his loss on boredom is so lame. I've never been able to warm up this kid, and I think it's his arrogance that totally turns me off. Plus he seems more than a little in love with himself, very narcissistic.
I agree for myself. He also turned off the comments on his IG posts after the USO loss and in his latest post he says this:

"You wouldn’t even notice if I disappeared one day."
 

Sudacafan

G.O.A.T.
A little salty, eh Stefanos? :)

On Saturday, Stefanos Tsitsipas encountered his fifth straight defeat at the hands of Daniil Medvedev at Rolex Shanghai Masters 2019. After his back-to-back defeat against the Russian machine, Tsitsipas termed the matches against Medvedev as “boring” and was annoyed after his loss.

“Well, I don’t mean to be rude at all, actually, at all, but it’s just boring. It’s boring. It’s so boring that — I don’t know,” he said. “I hate myself, first of all, for putting myself into that kind of situation where I have to play in his own terms and not on my terms. And that’s kind of, I don’t know, reminding me of my childhood years when I was 12 years old playing inside the court,” the Greek lad continued.

Despite is shabby head-2-head record against the 23-year-old Russian, Stefanos Tsitsipas is confident about overcoming the machine, Medvedev. He believes that the chances of defeating Medvedev are more when his get opponent gets hold of the opening set.

“It was very close, and then — I don’t know. Just second serve was a bit, you know — I think once I get the first set from him, chances of beating him are getting higher because he will just keep doing the same thing. He won’t change really much. For me, in order to beat him, I just need to get the first set. That’s it,” Stefanos Tsitsipas explained.

On Saturday, World Number seven, Tsitsipas flawed a forehand at 5-all in the season set, he regretted his mistake at that instant and later reflected upon the places where he needs to work upon. “I should concentrate less on the technical side and leave that on the side during the match and be aware more of what’s in front of me and not think technically too much,” Tsitsipas added.

The Greek typhoon of tennis, Stefanos Tsitsipas dethroned the defending champion and the top-seed, Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals of Rolex Shanghai Masters 2019. Now, he holds a positive head-2-head record against the Serbian legend.

“I don’t know if I’m going to be able to beat him the next time or the time after that one, but I know there’s going to be a time where I’m going to find opportunities and beat him,” Tsitsipas said. “Probably two, three, four, five, six years’ time, I don’t know, but it’s going to come at some point. The chance of opportunity will be somewhere there. As you saw today, it was very close in a tiebreak,” he added.

Source: https://www.essentiallysports.com/its-just-boring-stefanos-tsitsipas-comments-on-playing-daniil-medvedev/
He is bored about losing every time he plays against Med. I understand poor Tsits.
 

Sudacafan

G.O.A.T.
Not that Med is boring but it seems Tsits finds it boring to play him because he's not able to play on his own term; or in other words, Med doesn't let Tsits dictate the game and he clearly hates it. Boring is just a bit of a lame term he chose to use.

I still can't tell who's going to last and will dictate the game after the big 3. Zverev played well until the final but then he was so passive against Med. Hard to tell who's going to run away with it - if at all.
Tsits is confusing boredom with frustration.
 

tennis_pro

Bionic Poster
This is just classic Tsitsipas talk right after a loss. It just so happens to be Medvedev this time around. I think he really contemplates and thinks matches through afterwards, especially losses. He's got that persona about him as well. A bit of humility wouldn't hurt for sure, but he does go quite into detail which I like. He's also pretty spot on, regardless of whether he sounds salty or not, things that need changing, etc...
while naked
 

Gazelle

Legend
Tsitsipas couldn't even beat Medvedev when he was the better player. Don't know how he's going to beat him now that Medvedev is the better player.
 

guitarra

Professional
Yes, it’s boring when one player loses all the time. Stefanos needs to start winning to make it an exciting rivalry. Hopefully in London he’ll finally „get” him.
 

thrust

Hall of Fame
Besides him being refreshing by not falling into the same cliches, he's the only next gen besides Shapovalov that's fun to see on the court.
I Agree! Stefanos has a very good all court game. If he keeps his cool on court and makes better shot decisions, he could be a number one player in the near future.
 

UnderratedSlam

Hall of Fame
Ts ts ts...

Tsetsefly.

Hilarious how he claims Bearerer can't change his game during a match. If there is anyone who CAN, it's him.

And how can he be bored while losing?

Tsetsefly needs to learn to accept defeat with some measure of dignity or he will be laughed at pretty soon by many fans.

He is a good kid. Just over-zealous.
 

UnderratedSlam

Hall of Fame
He is young and "rebel" but don't worry, he will mature eventually :D
You're right probably, but I'd rather he stays this way. There is too much PC diplomacy in press conferences, finally something more real than just "I respect my opponent"...

He DOESN'T respect his opponent and he says it. Nice.

But he doesn't do it in an obnoxious way like Kyrgipose.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
The problem is that he could have chosen just about any way to express his frustration, but blaming his loss on boredom is so lame. I've never been able to warm up this kid, and I think it's his arrogance that totally turns me off. Plus he seems more than a little in love with himself, very narcissistic.
From the little data you have about him, a person you haven’t met or seen talk that much, I find it incredible you can jump to conclusions so quick. I thought better of you! Disappointed! I know more about you than Tsitsipas. Just to put things into perspective here.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
This is just classic Tsitsipas talk right after a loss. It just so happens to be Medvedev this time around. I think he really contemplates and thinks matches through afterwards, especially losses. He's got that persona about him as well. A bit of humility wouldn't hurt for sure, but he does go quite into detail which I like. He's also pretty spot on, regardless of whether he sounds salty or not, things that need changing, etc...
Maybe he is super boring to play ;) Just Tsitsipas saying what he feel about it?
What is the big deal? He didn’t insult Medvedev. He just told how he feels playing him.
 
While his peers are stuck in adolescence, Medvedev has moved on.
Yup, fought like a lion against Nadal in his first slam final. Has been in the finals of the last three masters he played and won the last two. I don't really see Medvedev winning lots of slams and all that but he reminds me of Kafelnikov in many ways, ugly to watch but very gritty and tough as nails. And that's probably how his career will shape up, or possibly somewhat better because he has the advantage of a huge serve to go with a counter punching game.
 

Raphael Nadal

Professional
At least two of the big three are extremely boring personalities off court - I said at least two because chances are that all of us have a preference among the three and we inadvertently choose to ignore their boring aspects. Tsitsipas and Medvedev are great personalities for the game. Tsitsipas analyses his games like no other youngster his age. The way Medvedev riled up the NY crowd only to embrace them at the end of it all was quite interesting to watch. I am ready for new blood. No big three any more.
But the odds are Medvedev won't win a slam title next year, and probably not in 2021 either.
And Tsitsipas obviously not ready.
Even if Djokovic fades away, the young guns will struggle to win slams, because Rafa and Federer are better at beating the young guns than Djokovic is.
None of them prefer grass, so they ain't winning Wimbledon.
They like clay, but Roland Garros is not available until Rafa retires.
And Rafa looks more and more comfortable on hardcourt as the years go by, and very nearly beat Medvedev in straight sets at the US Open.....
And Federer has been tremendous at the Australian Open these last few years in particular.
I don't see an opening :)
 
From the little data you have about him, a person you haven’t met or seen talk that much, I find it incredible you can jump to conclusions so quick. I thought better of you! Disappointed! I know more about you than Tsitsipas. Just to put things into perspective here.
But Tsitsi does broadcast a lot about himself, so it also isn't hard. Didn't he also say bullsheet Russian to Medvedev the first time he lost to him? Yeah, I think he better stop thinking he is entitled to beat him if he wants to turn around his H2H.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
But Tsitsi does broadcast a lot about himself, so it also isn't hard. Didn't he also say bullsheet Russian to Medvedev the first time he lost to him? Yeah, I think he better stop thinking he is entitled to beat him if he wants to turn around his H2H.
I find Tsitsipas adorable. I love his Twitter and YouTube. The guy got personality and opinions.
 
This is just classic Tsitsipas talk right after a loss. It just so happens to be Medvedev this time around. I think he really contemplates and thinks matches through afterwards, especially losses. He's got that persona about him as well. A bit of humility wouldn't hurt for sure, but he does go quite into detail which I like. He's also pretty spot on, regardless of whether he sounds salty or not, things that need changing, etc...
I don't completely agree because he has a specific problem with Medvedev. Called him a bullsheet Russian the first time he lost to him. Unfortunately, it was the first of what is already a handful of losses.
 
I wondered about that. I wondered why Alex was so passive while he played such a beautiful aggressive game against Federer but then again, Alex does have the tendency to switch to passive. It's a mystery to me.
Medvedev does not give pace to work with. He is excellent at steadily hitting at a 3/4 length and pace and will wait for the right moment to inject pace and move in for the kill. A Murray like style of playing, basically, but combined with servebotting which makes him even more frustrating to play. A bad match up for Zverev who loves to hang back behind the baseline and remains a deer under the headlights at the net. At least Tsitsipas enjoyed some success employing serve and volley against Medvedev.
 

zipplock

Rookie
Super arrogant! Don’t get me wrong I like Medvedev, he’s a character but only in small doses
Fine line between confident and arrogant. Not sure we can make the distinction unless we personally know the person. I give him the benefit of the doubt and consider him confident.
 

Azure

Legend
But the odds are Medvedev won't win a slam title next year, and probably not in 2021 either.
And Tsitsipas obviously not ready.
Even if Djokovic fades away, the young guns will struggle to win slams, because Rafa and Federer are better at beating the young guns than Djokovic is.
None of them prefer grass, so they ain't winning Wimbledon.
They like clay, but Roland Garros is not available until Rafa retires.
And Rafa looks more and more comfortable on hardcourt as the years go by, and very nearly beat Medvedev in straight sets at the US Open.....
And Federer has been tremendous at the Australian Open these last few years in particular.
I don't see an opening :)
I don't know....2021 is too far away and I am a person who likes to take one step at a time. ;)
 

junior74

G.O.A.T.
Yup, fought like a lion against Nadal in his first slam final. Has been in the finals of the last three masters he played and won the last two. I don't really see Medvedev winning lots of slams and all that but he reminds me of Kafelnikov in many ways, ugly to watch but very gritty and tough as nails. And that's probably how his career will shape up, or possibly somewhat better because he has the advantage of a huge serve to go with a counter punching game.
It's always interesting to watch someone with a big mental game. And for a counter puncher, he really has a transition game, too. I wish he had come in more in the USO final. He hit 13 more winners than Nadal. I am aware some of those were aces, but still. I think he is evolving into a very good tactician, that I think can get the better of Big3, or should we say Big2? Federer seems done.

I like Tsitsipas, but he is too erratic and should blame himself, not his opponent.
 
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Zara

Legend
Medvedev does not give pace to work with. He is excellent at steadily hitting at a 3/4 length and pace and will wait for the right moment to inject pace and move in for the kill. A Murray like style of playing, basically, but combined with servebotting which makes him even more frustrating to play. A bad match up for Zverev who loves to hang back behind the baseline and remains a deer under the headlights at the net. At least Tsitsipas enjoyed some success employing serve and volley against Medvedev.
But Zverev led 4-0 against Med before this encounter (not a bad matchup). In the first set, I felt it had far more to do with Alex than Med as he wasn't serving as well which had nothing to do with Med and also, he double faulted twice when he was serving behind at 4-5 and gave away the 1st set. As Zverev has shown this sort of very up and down tendencies in the past few months, I am not sure how much Med actually impacted Zverev's game. Of course, we've to keep in mind that Med is playing with his new found confidence and can be highly unbeatable but still, I don't see Alex going down 1-6 in the second set unless a lot of it was his own doing.
 

Raphael Nadal

Professional
Medvedev does not give pace to work with. He is excellent at steadily hitting at a 3/4 length and pace and will wait for the right moment to inject pace and move in for the kill. A Murray like style of playing, basically, but combined with servebotting which makes him even more frustrating to play.
I agree, Medvedev is the next Murray :)
And his year has been a bit like 2011 Murray-
Won Cincinnati
Won Shanghai
Won Tokyo
Won Bangkok
Won Queens
Final Australian Open (lost to Djokovic)
Semi US Open (lost to Rafa)
Semi Wimbledon (lost to Rafa)
Semi Roland Garros (lost to Rafa)
Semi Rome (lost to Djokovic)
Semi Monte Carlo (lost to Rafa)
 
At least two of the big three are extremely boring personalities off court - I said at least two because chances are that all of us have a preference among the three and we inadvertently choose to ignore their boring aspects. Tsitsipas and Medvedev are great personalities for the game. Tsitsipas analyses his games like no other youngster his age. The way Medvedev riled up the NY crowd only to embrace them at the end of it all was quite interesting to watch. I am ready for new blood. No big three any more.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
I don't completely agree because he has a specific problem with Medvedev. Called him a bullsheet Russian the first time he lost to him. Unfortunately, it was the first of what is already a handful of losses.
While Medvedev managed to get the NY crowd against him, him showing the finger to them and throwing shade on them all. Hopefully Medvedev saved himself some w the speech he gave after the final.
 

The Green Mile

Bionic Poster
Maybe he is super boring to play ;) Just Tsitsipas saying what he feel about it?
What is the big deal? He didn’t insult Medvedev. He just told how he feels playing him.
Yeah, I agree. He also went into detail after a disappointing grass-court season and talked about the adjustments required, his own game, not playing his own game, etc... There are other cases as well, if you go onto Asapsports, there's an archive of interviews from many tennis players.

 

March31

New User
Well, my formula is simple: he can be as 'arrogant' as he wishes - but win! And if he doesn't... who cares then :D
 
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