MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Daniil Medvedev merely doesn’t lose proper now. To not High 10 opponents. To not anybody, actually. Definitely to not a drained Stefanos Tsitsipas within the Australian Open semifinals.
Now let’s see what occurs in opposition to Novak Djokovic.
Medvedev made it to his second Grand Slam closing as he pursues his first main championship, overwhelming fifth-seeded Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 on Friday at Melbourne Park to run his successful streak to twenty matches. That features a dozen in opposition to members of the High 10.
In Sunday’s closing (7:30 p.m. native time, 3:30 a.m. EST), the No. 4-seeded Medvedev will tackle No. 1 Djokovic, who already owns eight Australian Open titles amongst his 17 Grand Slam trophies.
Medvedev, the runner-up on the 2019 U.S. Open, was terrific in opposition to Tsitsipas, accruing 17 aces amongst his whole 46 winners. The latter rely included a sliding backhand go down the road to interrupt within the next-to-last sport, a shot Medvedev celebrated by elevating each arms and waving his arms in a gesture that informed the world, “Examine me out!”
Tsitsipas got here out flat, wanting drained after his epic five-set, four-hour comeback victory over 20-time main champion Rafael Nadal within the quarterfinals.
It took simply 75 minutes for Medvedev to seize a two-set lead. He went up 3-1 within the third earlier than Tsitsipas made issues attention-grabbing, if solely briefly, by taking three video games in a row, together with his solely break of the match.
However Medvedev, his baseline protection beautiful, proved too robust.
Down a set and a break early, Tsitsipas sat down at a changeover and chucked an open water bottle, inflicting a splash on the courtroom that compelled ball youngsters to scramble for towels to wipe up the mess. The petulant scene drew a side-eye from Medvedev.
Early within the third set, Medvedev informed chair umpire James Keothavong that Tsitsipas’ father, who additionally coaches him, “is speaking method an excessive amount of” from the stands.
Tsitsipas and Medvedev have already got a little bit of an uncomfortable historical past, courting to their first assembly on tour on the 2018 Miami Open. Medvedev gained that one — he began their rivalry with a 5-0 edge, though Tsitsipas claimed the latest matchup earlier than Friday’s — and it ended with some verbal volleying.
They tried to easy issues over by way of the media in current days, together with Tsitsipas backtracking from denigrating Medvedev’s model of play.
“May need mentioned up to now that he performs boring, however I don’t actually assume he performs boring,” Tsitsipas mentioned this week. “He simply performs extraordinarily sensible and outplays you.”
A reasonably good summation of what occurred within the semifinal.
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