Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev was thrilled with the way his Australian Open semifinal clash against world No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas went.
Medvedev, ranked at No. 4 in the world, handed a straight-set defeat to Tsitsipas 6-4 6-2 7-5 to make his second Grand Slam semifinal.
Medvedev, who made his maiden Grand Slam final at the 2019 US Open, let a 3-1 third-set lead slip but he kept his focus and managed to get the job done in straight sets.
“It was a great match to win in straight sets, especially with a tough third one,” Medvedev said after the match, per Tennis Majors. “It is a great achievement, second Grand Slam final. Only positives to take from this match.”
Tsitsipas threatened Medvedev
After saving two break points in the fifth game of the third set, Tsitsipas broke back in the sixth game and also had two break points in the eighth game but failed to convert.
A good number of Greek fans was in attendance and they stood behind Tsitsipas.
“Everything happened,” Medvedev said. “Crowd got behind him so it helped him to up his game a little bit. I got a little bit tight, not because of the score at all but more because of the crowd because, you know, when you’re used to playing with a crowd, it’s one thing. Nothing bothers you if you’re good mentally, if you’re focused.
“Marseille last year was the last tournament I played with a crowd, where it was full stadium…and (on Friday) they were going behind him more. And the game I lost just before my serves, they were going strong. So when you’re used to it it doesn’t bother you. Here it did get into my head. I’m happy that I managed to change my focus and change the momentum at the end of the third set.”
Medvedev saw off Tsitsipas in straight sets to make the Australian Open final.