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Medvedev Crushes Tsitsipas Again at US Open

 

It may just be the best grudge rivalry in tennis today. Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas almost game to blows after their Miami match earlier this year. After some turbulence about an injury timeout during the match, eventually won by the Russian, Medvedev verbally confronted Tsitsipas after, calling him a “bullsh**” Russian and practically daring him to fight instead of talk.

Tsitispas took the high road and walked off the court after the three set defeat 26 64 62 and today they met again in what promised to be an interesting rematch.

But once again the 22 year old Medvedev, ranked 36 in the world, showed he may be ranked lower but he’s got the tactics to take down the talented 20 year old Greek who was the 15 seed.

Fresh off his second career title and second of the year, the Winston-Salem champion beat Tsitsipas 64 63 46 63 today.

There were no verbal spats or fighting words spoken today by either player. After the match Medvedev had this to say: “We didn’t speak after Miami with Stefanos Tsitsipas, but it’s ok, I understand sometimes there are emotions on court. He blocked me in Instagram, it’s strange, but even today he told me Congrats. There is no conflict between us, our parents are friends.”

This is a disappointing loss for Tsitsipas who has emerged this summer as a serious threat to be a future ATP world no. 1 with his all court, smooth and explosive game, which has produced a 30-20 record this year, his first full season in the ATP World Tour. Tsitispas reached the finals at Toronto Masters, the semis in Washington DC and the round of 16 at Wimbledon, each time losing to top ten players.

In Cincinnati, Tsitsipas defeated four top ten players – Djokovic, Thiem, Anderson and Zverev.

But now it’s Medvedev who will seek to do further damage at the 2018 US Open. Medevedev will play 20th ranked Borna Coric in the third round. Medevedev, who is coached by Gilles Cervara, beat Coric at Wimbledon in three sets this year but lost to him in Cincy 62 63.

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55 comments

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 30, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Catherine, I felt Hsieh was going to lose that, Cibulkova is too tough and too strong and too feisty for her. She can play the best close and she did it again today. Cibulkova is always a big challenge in the majors. Serena SAYS she takes blood thinners. I repeat, SAYS.

  • Duke Carnoustie · August 30, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Methinks Layhani was acting on behalf of the USTA for their Saturday night prime-time matchup of Fed v. Clownios. I don’t believe he will get suspended.

    Clownios did have this great line… Heckler tells Clownios “just leave, we want Genie” Bouchard, who’s up next on Court 17. He responds: “Well, you’ll never have her.”

    Angie, meanwhile, made a mess of that match. I never thought she would blow it but it was pretty bad on her part.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 30, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Duke, you missed the Heckler’s final response: Well, I’m not as lucky as you! 🙂

  • catherine · August 30, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Scoop – if Serena didn’t take blood thinners she’d be dead.

    Duke – Angie hasn’t been the same since she won W’don. Could have predicted that. She might up her game when she plays Domi. Otherwise she might just as well take a long holiday.

  • catherine · August 31, 2018 at 2:23 am

    Despite fans Bouchard made exit to Vondrousova. And Wozniaki left the stage too, giving her more time for wedding plans.

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