Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas don’t like each other very much.
That much was clear during their one-sided Australian Open semi-final on Friday morning
The match may have lacked any prologued competitive drama – but there was a clear tension in the Melbourne air throughout.
But why do the pair not seem to get on?
Tsitsipas and Medvedev don’t hide that they don’t like each other
The origins of male tennis’ most hostile on-court relationship are found in Miami.
Back in early 2018, the pair clashed during and after their very first meeting.
The story goes that Medvedev was incensed after Tsitsipas failed to apologise following a let – something considered bad etiquette (or letiquette) in the sport.
After various expletives were exchanged, the Russian victor exclaimed: “Hey Stefanos, you want to look at me and talk? You go emergency toilet for five minutes during and then you hit let and you don’t say sorry. You think you’re a good kid?
“I answer him, because he doesn’t know how to fight. He’s a small kid who doesn’t know how to fight.” (Daily Mail)
The pair have met six times since with Tsitsipas winning just once – at the 2019 ATP Finals in London.
Earlier that year, the Greek star gave a more dignified update on the pair’s relationship.
“Our chemistry definitely isn’t the best that you can find on the tour. It just happens with people that it’s not that you can just like everyone.
“It’s not that I hate him. I guess, as he said, we will not go to dinner together.” (Daily Mail)
So the pair are open about their relationship, and with Tsitsipas reportedly blocking Medvedev on Instagram (Tennis World), they clearly don’t like each other.
Medvedev has the edge in their rivalry to date, but Tsitsipas is the best part of three years younger than his adversary.
One thing’s for sure – we’re going to have to get used to a lot more aggro between the pair in the coming years.
And it should be pretty fun.