Medvedev, Tsitsipas aim to renew the rivalry in the Melbourne semi-finals

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev have disagreed since their stormy clash in Miami in 2018, but as the two will meet in the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Friday, respect seems to be growing between the two.

When they first met on the ATP Tour in Miami, sparks flew and Medvedev confronted the Greek about his behavior on the pitch.

Tsitsipas stirred the pot in 2019 when he described the Russian’s style of play as “boring,” but that’s not the term he would use now.

“Might have said he is boring in the past but I don’t think he is boring,” said Tsitsipas. “He’s in very good shape, plays good tennis, plays accurately and just plays.”

Earlier this week, Medvedev said Tsitsipas had improved physically and would not be a pushover if a match went the distance.

“I think he’s improving physically because maybe two years ago you could say that out of five sets it might not be bad to play,” said Medvedev. “I don’t think that’s the case right now.”

Medvedev turned out to be right in the quarter-finals. Tsitsipas dug deep to recover from two sets and score an amazing comeback win over runner-up Rafa Nadal.

Tsitsipas has been rejected by Nadal and Novak Djokovic in his last two Grand Slam semi-finals, but Medvedev knows what it takes to reach a final. At the US Open 2019 he meets the decider before losing to Nadal.

The Russian fourth has won 19 straight games dating back to November’s Paris Masters and is in no mood to quit now.

“The best feeling is when you win games. The more you win, the more you win in a row, the better the feeling,” he said.

“Hopefully I can play at least two more games.”

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