Invincible. For the moment, Daniil Medvedev it has no brake on it Australian Open. The Russian tennis player passed over Stefanos Tsitsipas (6-4, 6-2, 7-5) in the second semifinal of the first Grand Slam of the year, in a practically perfect match in which Rafael Nadal’s executioner was not given a chance in the quarterfinals. With this brilliant triumph, Medvedev enters the final at Melbourne Park for the first time and will face the defending champion and eight-time winner: Novak Djokovic.
Tiredness took its toll on Tsitsipas, but deny the superiority of Daniil Medvedev in the game it would be a breach of the truth. The Russian, as in practically the entire tournament, showed an inspiration far above the average which, accompanied by the best physical condition that he has shown so far in his sports career, allowed him to dominate in each of the sets before Stefanos.
The Greek was expected to be able to pay for the titanic effort of the quarterfinals against Nadal, but his start, similar to that of the previous meeting, left much to be desired. Tsitsipas He gave the initiative to his rival and could not measure himself against one of the great punchers of the circuit, who in key moments was eminently superior. Daniil Medvedev he controlled the score, before hitting the first set in the fifth game. A downturn in Tsitsipas was going to cost him dearly, to the point of starting at a disadvantage and starting a negative inertia from which his rival would benefit.
In the second set Daniil Medvedev He simply did not give the option to Tsitsipas, who gave up his serve again in a kilometric game, after not being able to take advantage of his options to do the same previously. Daniil’s machinery seemed perfectly oiled and heading to the final, with the second set, 6-2, also in his pocket.
The uncertainty surrounding a possible reaction from Tsitsipas marked the match in the third set. Daniil Medvedev He tried to clear the doubts with a new break that left the contest open for sentence, but Stefanos He did not want to give up, with the public, already back, in his favor – a large Greek colony in Australia – and he recovered the break to provoke the delirium of the fans.
The blow affected Daniil Medvedev , although he did it in a minimum period of time. Already reset and without any disadvantage in the light, Daniil pulled his best tennis from his sleeve to, with an impossible backhand passing, confirm the break and his immediate victory, which gives him the go to the final of the Australian Open.