Source: Eurosport.com

The World No.4 Daniil Medvedev has defeated fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets, 6-4 6-2 7-5, to reach the final of the 2021 Australian Open and set up a Sunday showdown with Novak Djokovic.

Medvedev, the runner-up at the 2019 U.S. Open, was terrific against Tsitsipas, accruing 17 aces among his total 46 winners.

He dominated Greece’s fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second semi-final, winning 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 in two hours and nine minutes and is the third Russian to reach the men’s final at Melbourne Park and the first since Marat Safin lifted the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup in 2005.

Medvedev has won three of their past four meetings but facing the 33-year-old Serb in an Australian Open final – in which he has a 100% winning record – should be a different proposition.

On what he has learned from losing to Rafael Nadal in the US Open Final 2019, Medvedev said: “I took a lot of experience. It was my first Grand Slam final against one of the greatest and on Sunday I will face one of the other greatest.

“I don’t have a lot of pressure because Novak has never lost here in the final. He has all the pressure to get to Roger Federer and Rafa [in the all-time record of 20 men’s titles].

“I hope I will get out there and show my best tennis. As we have seen, I can win against the best names if I play well. He has more experience but more things to lose than me.”

The scoreline demonstrates that it was a fairly straightforward win for the Russian, it was at times a tempestuous affair between a pair that have a history on tour.

At one point, when the Russian led 6-4 and 2-1 with a break in the second set, Tsitsipas hurled his water bottle to the ground and caused a big spillage on the court.

He received a soft verbal warning from the umpire and play was delayed while ballkids cleaned up the court — but a smug-looking Medvedev asked why the Greek star didn’t receive an official warning.

Medvedev petulantly made his point by pulling out of his service motion and walking over to get his towel at the side of the court mid-game to delay the Greek, while the fans – strongly in favour of Tsitsipas – booed his reaction.

Then later, there was another petty tiff with the Russian not happy with what he perceived as repeated delays before his serves from his opponent.

Medvedev petulantly made his point by pulling out of his service motion and walking over to get his towel at the side of the court mid-game to delay the Greek, while the fans – strongly in favour of Tsitsipas – booed his reaction.

“Might have said in the past that he plays boring, but I don’t really think he plays boring,” Tsitsipas said this week.

“He just plays extremely smart and outplays you.”
A pretty good summation of what happened in the semifinal.

Australian Open 2021 Semifinal: Medvedev defeats Tsitsipas in straight sets

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