Stefanos Tsitsipas says his defeat to Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open has made him realise how far he is from winning a Grand Slam.
Tsitsipas was comprehensively outclassed by Medvedev in the semi-finals in Melbourne despite him beating Rafael Nadal in the previous round.
Medvedev recently said that he considers Tsitsipas to be his greatest rival in tennis, and if that is the case then the Greek knows he is going to have to shore up the weakness that were exposed in Australia.
“[I need to] build up my game so that it’s more complete, without the weaknesses that Medvedev brought out of me on the court, showing that he has the upper hand throughout the match,” Tsitsipas told a Greek magazine.
“I have to face these players in order to win a Grand Slam. That day I was not ready, I was not able to go out and stand against him.
“I know that Medvedev will be an opponent that I will face many times in the future and I will definitely come up against him in important matches or Grand Slams.
“Therefore, my game has to be built up, so that I can face players of this level.
“When I can go toe to toe with players like Daniil, who has such a complete game, my own level goes up as well.”
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