ATP Australian Open: Daniil Medvedev sinks Stefanos Tsitsipas to set Djokovic clash

World no. 4 Daniil Medvedev will compete in his second Major final following a 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 triumph over Stefanos Tsitsipas in two hours and nine minutes. The Russian lost serve once and delivered five return games to control the scoreboard, losing ground a bit in set number three before bringing it home without playing a tie break. Daniil blasted 46 winners and 21 unforced errors, dominating with his first serve and having the upper hand in the shortest and most extended exchanges to leave the rival behind and another chance to fight for a Major trophy. Daniil made a convincing start, losing six points behind the initial shot in the opening set and never facing troubles in his games. The Russian had 14 winners and nine unforced errors, keeping the points on his racquet and exploiting the rival’s backhand in the most extended exchanges to win the set with a single break. Nothing could separate them in the opening four games before Medvedev forced the opponent’s error with a deep and precise hitting that sent him 3-2 ahead.

The Russian held with an ace in game six to confirm the advantage and went 5-3 in front with a forehand winner after 28 minutes. Tsitsipas brought the ninth game home after deuce to prolong the set before Medvedev fired two booming serves at deuce a few minutes later for 6-4 and a massive boost ahead of set number two. Raising his level even more, Daniil dropped three points behind the initial shot in set number two and kept the pressure on the other side of the net, waiting for his chances patiently. The Greek wasted three game points at 1-1 and got broken when the Russian landed a perfect forehand down the line winner that sent him 2-1 in front. Medvedev cemented the break with a hold at love and moved 4-2 up with another powerful attack in game six.

Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic will compete for the Australian Open title.

Losing ground completely in those moments, Stefanos lost serve at love in game seven following Daniil’s forehand return winner, allowing the Russian to seal the set with an ace in game eight and move closer to the finish line after only 75 minutes.

Looking better and better on the court, Medvedev grabbed a break in the third set’s opening game and held at love with a service winner for another massive step towards the finish line. Daniil landed a forehand winner in the fourth game to forge a 3-1 advantage, creating two more break opportunities in game five that could have sealed the deal for him. Staying calm, Tsitsipas repelled those with brave hitting and held to reduce the deficit and gain energy from the crowd. Out of a sudden, Stefanos pulled the break back in the next game to level the score at 3-3 and announce his comeback.

The Russian saved a break chance in game eight and held with a service winner for a crucial hold. From 30-0 down, Daniil grabbed four quick points behind the initial shot in game ten to lock the result at 5-5 and send the pressure to the other side. Returning at 5-5, Medvedev fired a brilliant backhand down the line winner to earn a break at 15 and serve for the victory in the next game. The Russian held at 15 in game 12 to power his way into the second Major final, facing Novak Djokovic in the battle for the trophy.

Tennis – Medvedev will compete in his second Major final after the US Open 2019

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