Daniil Medvedev advances to first Australian Open final with dominant win over Stefanos Tsitsipas


The 25-year-old Russian leaned on his powerful serve and precise forehand in his 6-4 6-2 7-5 victory over Rod Laver Arena on Friday.

After an early break in the first set, Medvedev asserted his dominance over his Greek counterpart on the way to his first final appearance at the Australian Open.

Medvedev will now face eight-time Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final after the Serbian defeated Aslan Karatsev in straight sets on Thursday.
“It was certainly not easy, because we saw the match with Rafa [Nadal] was somewhat the same score after two sets. [In] In the third set Rafa was dominating but failed to win the game so I got a little scared and a little bit of tension, ”Medvedev said in his on-pitch interview afterwards.

“It’s the semi-final of a Slam … It wasn’t easy, but I’m happy that I managed to activate my game, especially in some tight moments on my serve and I’m really happy to be in the final. “

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Medvedev plays a forehand against Tsitsipas.

In control everywhere

With the fans back in the stands and much applause for Tsitsipas, a showdown between the fittest player in men’s tennis and the young Greek superstar looked like a tantalizing affair.

Both men had reached the semi-final with big wins under their belt – Medvedev dominating compatriot and friend Andrey Rublev in the quarter-final while Tsitsipas made a remarkable comeback to beat 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal.

Both Medvedev and Tsitsipas showed power and precision in their first games, holding serve. However, halfway through the first set, Medvedev managed to break his Greek opponent in the fifth game.

With a combination of his dominant serve and raw power, the Russian managed to close the opening set with a big ace and quickly take the lead as he looked to reach his second career Grand Slam final – in the 2019 US Open final, Medvedev. was beaten by Rafa Nadal in five sets.

Tsitsipas hits a forehand return to Medvedev in their semi-final match.

The Russian smashed Tsitsipas early in the second set and during the next drink break the 22-year-old slammed his open water bottle on the ground, spilling water onto the court much to Medvedev’s annoyance. .

World No.4 Medvedev continued to appear the stronger and more unfazed of the two, knocking Tsitsipas down to love and then producing a dominant service play to take a two-set lead.

The third set started in a similar vein, with Medvedev extending rallies and producing winners to shatter Tsitsipas in the opener.

However, Tsitsipas showed the courage and determination he showed against Nadal in the previous round, coming back to tie the scores in the third set.

While it looks like Tsitsipas can set up a series of breaks, it was Medvedev who provided the decisive break to allow him to serve for the game.

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Medvedev plays a backhand in his match against Tsitsipas.

The formidable Medvedev will face 17-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic in Sunday’s final, after overtaking Grand Slam debutant Karatsev in the semi-final on Thursday.

“I like that I don’t have a lot of pressure because he’s never lost in the eight times he’s been here in the final,” Medvedev said.

“He’s the one who has all the pressure to get to Roger and Rafa in a Grand Slam [leaderboard]. I just hope I go out and show my best tennis. As we’ve seen, I can beat some big names if I play well, so that’s the main part. He has more experience, but he has more to lose than me. “

The 31-year-old Serbian is looking to move closer to Roger Federer and Nadal’s record with 20 Grand Slam titles.

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