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'Stefanos Tsitsipas is my greatest rival,' says Daniil Medvedev

Stefanos Tsitsipas after Rafael Nadal win

Daniil Medvedev has named Stefanos Tsitsipas as his greatest rival in a preview of what tennis may look like after the big three retire.

Medvedev and Tsitsipas are two of the best young players in the world, both sitting in the top six and looking like the two most capable of beating Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic right now.

They also have vastly different games to one another, and there has been evidence of something of a personality clash too, and Medvedev is clearly expecting to dig in for a storied rivalry.

"Stefanos Tsitsipas, for no particular reason," Medvedev said when asked in a YouTube interview who his biggest rival is.

"I just like this. I like to play against him."

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The rivalry sparked at the 2018 Miami Open, when Medvedev angered Tsitsipas for not apologising for a fortuitous net cord.

“It’s probably the only time in my life that I got pissed off during a match with my opponent.

"But let it all be in the past. Let’s just forget it and move on.”

Tsitsipas has also branded Medvedev 'boring,' although he retracted that ahead of their Australian Open semi-final last month.

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