Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev admitted he was surprised by the level Stefanos Tsitsipas showed in the first set of their French Open quarterfinal match.
Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 5, handed a 6-3 7-6 (3) 7-5 loss to Medvedev to progress into the French Open semifinal.
Tsitsipas broke Medvedev in the fourth game to take a 3-1 — failed to convert another break point in the eighth game — but served out for the opener in the ninth game.
Earlier this year. Medvedev beat Tsitsipas in the Australian Open semifinal.
“The biggest difference with Australia was the surface. His ball is better on clay, he has spin. I was surprised in the first set. I didn’t expect such a level from him. I feel I’ve done a lot of good things today but it was not enough to win,” Medvedev said, per Tennis Majors.
Medvedev has little regrets
“I don’t have a lot of regrets. I could do better but it was a good match. I’m always disappointed when I lose. But if, when I was so ugly at @UTShowdown, anyone who have asked to sign for a quarter in RG vs Tsitsipas, I’d have signed,” Medvedev admitted.
World No. 2 Medvedev wasn’t happy with the scheduling as he thought that he and Tsitsipas should have played in day session with fans in the stands.b
“Our match was definitely the
match of the day, so Roland Garros preferred Amazon Prime (French broadcaster for the night session) to people,” Medvedev acknowledged. “It’s easy as that It’s good when you have sponsors and everything because that’s how we tennis players can make money, but we have more people this year in Roland Garros, we have Amazon, and we get 15 percent less prize money. So the question is where is the Amazon money?”
Medvedev will now switch his focus to the grass season.