Invincible. For the moment, Daniil Medvedev it has no brake on it Australian Open. The Russian tennis player stepped 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 for the first time at Melbourne Park and will face the defending champion and eight-time winner: Novak Djokovic.
Tiredness took its toll on TsitsipasBut to deny Medvedev’s superiority in the match would be a breach. The Russian, as in practically the entire tournament, showed an inspiration well above the average which, accompanied by the best physical condition that he has shown so far in his sporting career, allowed him to dominate in each of the sets before Stefanos.
It was expected that the Greek could pay for the titanic effort of the quarters against Nadal, but his start, similar to 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 on the circuit, who in key moments was eminently superior. Medvedev he controlled the score, before hitting the first set in the fifth game. A downturn from 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 MedvedevHe simply did not give the option to Tsitsipas, who gave up his serve again in a kilometer game, after not being able to take advantage of his options to do the same previously. Daniil’s machinery seemed perfectly oiled and headed for 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. Medvedev tried to clear up 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 cause the delirium of the fans.
The blow affected 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.