Daniil Medvedev got into the grand finale of Australian Open after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas by 6-4, 6-2 and 7-5, and in this way, will go in search of his first title in a Grand Slam.
“It was not easy because it gave me the feeling that he was coming back in the third set, in the same way he did against Rafa in the quarterfinals,” he commented after closing his tenth consecutive victory against Top 10 players.
Medvedev corroborated the words of Djokovic, who said he was “the rival to beat”, after overwhelming Tsitsipas with a tough tennis to break by connecting 17 aces and 45 winners that silenced a rostrum that unconditionally supported the Greek.
When the match seemed decided, Tsitsipas made his first break of the clash and went ahead 4-3 in the third. But his reaction was soon overruled by Medvedev, who returned the play and turned the tables, going 6-5 up and closing with his serve.
In this way, the young Muscovite became the third Russian tennis player to reach a final in the Australian tournament and joined his compatriots Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
Now, the Russian will be measured in the decisive duel this Sunday against Novak Djokovic, who eliminated Aslan Karatsev, and will want to get revenge for the final lost at the US Open 2019 to lift his first conquest in a Grand Slam.
On that occasion, Medvedev lost to Rafael Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6 and 6-4, so in the duel against the number one in the world he will want to remove his thorn to conquer Australia.
What’s more, Daniil has a 9-6 record in ATP finals. At the last opportunity, the Russian lifted the title at the ATP Finals in London, beating Dominic Thiem in the decisive match.