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Stefanos Tsitsipas sent Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer message after Australian Open exit

Australian Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts to victory over Nadal

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Stefanos Tsitsipas must start focusing on how to make his opponents worse, according to seven-time men’s singles Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander. Tsitsipas lost to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets of their Australian Open semi-final on Friday. It was one step too far for the Greek, who came from two sets down to beat Rafael Nadal in a thrilling quarter-final two days previous.

Wilander believes Tsitsipas was feeling the effects of that match during his clash with Medvedev.

However, the Eurosport pundit also thinks the 22-year-old needs a change of attitude.

Wilander believes Tsitsipas needs to adapt his mindset to instead focus on how he can make his opponents weaker.

Wilander says that is what has made the likes of Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic so successful.

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“Well a tough tournament for Stefanos Tsitsipas because I think physically he was drained in his loss against Daniil Medvedev because of that Rafael Nadal match,” Wilander said.

“Of course that’s the big confidence booster to come back from two sets to love.

“I think his response to a question in the press conference about what he thought of Medvedev’s game, he said he’s worrying about himself.

“And I think that’s where you have to change your attitude a little bit and say: ‘Well I know what I can do on the tennis court, how can I make my opponent worse by tactically playing a game which is uncomfortable for my opponent that I myself feel pretty comfortable with, it’s not the favourite way I want to play’.

“I think that’s the situation that young players have to realise, that Rafa and Roger and Novak, they’re so good at not worrying about themselves, but focusing on making their opponents worse.

“I think Tsitsipas will figure this out, he’s got the game to serve and volley, to hit a few sliced back hands, he just has to admit to the fact that it’s important to make your opponent worse as well.”

Medvedev will face Djokovic in Sunday’s final.

And Tsitsipas reckons Medvedev can stop the world No 1 winning his ninth Australian Open.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see Daniil win the tournament,” Tsitsipas said.

“But, you know, it’s a strange scenario. I played Rafa here two years ago.  

“I found his performance against me that day phenomenal. I was 100 per cent sure he was gonna win the tournament. And I ended up being wrong.

“Who knows? I don’t know. Like, Djokovic is playing well too.”

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