A place at the end of Australian Open 2021 and a potential inaugural title of Grand slam await the victor of this inescapable battle between players who have emerged as the most dominant of the younger generation of men’s tennis.
Daniil Medvedev, 25, is a favorite against a Stefanos Tsitsipas who carries four hours on his back in the quarterfinals but self-esteem through the roof after turning the game around Rafael Nadal.
Comparatively, Tsitsipas was knocked down in his two previous major semi-finals: Nadal at AO2019 and Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros 2020. Still, the 22-year-old’s confidence will continue to rise as he aims to go one step further. to become the youngest Australian Open men’s individual champion since Novak Djokovic won the title in 2008 (20 years, 250 days).
Tsitsipas would also become the youngest Grand Slam champion since Juan Martín del Potro crowned the 2009 US Open (20 years, 355 days).
Even so, The Russian holds a 5-1 lead over Tsitsipas, who scored his only win when they most recently met in the ATP Finals in 2019.
Medvedev, who recorded the third-most hard court wins during the 2020 season behind only Novak Djokovic and his quarter-final opponent Andrey Rublev, has the self-confidence that comes with a 19-game winning streak. If he extends that to 21 at the Australian Open 2021, he will become the third Russian man to win a Grand Slam behind Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin, who each won one of their two. Majors in Melbourne.