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“You literally made my day” Iga Swiatek and Daniil Medvedev continue their ‘Pretzel’ repartee

The Russian and the Pole have developed a new inside joke it seems.

Iga Swiatek and Daniil Medvedev

Iga Swiatek and Daniil Medvedev resumed their fun ‘pretzel’ banter from some time ago. For those who are unaware, Swiatek had recently said that Medvedev resembles a Pretzel while playing.

This conversation had taken place between the duo when they had joined an Instagram live session conducted by manufacturer Technifibre.

I love watching the weird poses you make while hitting – Iga Swiatek to Daniil Medvedev

Iga Swiatek and Daniil Medvedev

Over a month ago, world no. 11 world no. 9 Iga Swiatek joined world no. 2 Daniil Medvedev on an Instagram live session. A hilarious banter ensued during the 2-minute session. Referring to the Russian’s unique style of hitting shots, the Pole called him a ‘pretzel’, which happens to be a German baked pastry, formed in the shape of a knot. “Actually we’re going to work on me not playing like a pretzel. Sorry Daniil, but I was watching your games, wait, maybe in English it’s not a pretzel?” said Swiatek.

Iga clarified that she didn’t mean to insult Daniil, saying “It’s just bread, that, I like..I don’t want you to feel bad about it, but I mean, you make these weird poses, hitting backhands. It’s great, I love watching that.”

” I tried to find shots that would annoy my opponent” – Daniil Medvedev explains his style of playing

Daniil Medvedev

Laughing at Iga Swiatek’s analogy, Daniil Medvedev said “No one has ever called me a pretzel before. Okay, it’s gonna be one of my many nicknames that I have.”

The 2021 US Open champion proceeded to explain his style of play, saying “I mean, since I was young, I was really uncoordinated. So that’s how I was playing, you know? Everybody was hitting strong at me, and I was doing lobs. I mean, I have nothing much to it. So I was not not doing amazing technically, but I always wanted to win. So I tried to find shots that would annoy my opponent because they were better than me. Technically physically, they were better, but I wanted to win. So that’s how I think my technique developed.”

“Today I was a pretzel on court” Iga Swiatek replies to Daniil Medvedev’s Instagram story

Iga Swiatek

Recently, Daniil Medvedev put up a picture of him holding a pretzel on his Instagram story, tagging Iga Swiatek in it. A happy Swiatek re-shared the picture, captioning it “You literally made my day”. She also wrote “(Today I was a pretzel on court)”, possibly referring to her practice sessions for the upcoming tournaments.

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