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Australian Open: Daniil Medvedev sets up final against Novak Djokovic after crushing Stefanos Tsitsipas


Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev extends his winning streak to 20 consecutive matches dating back to the Paris Masters in November and appears in no mood to stop now as he prepares to face world No 1 and defending eight-time champion Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final

Last Updated: 19/02/21 11:18am

Daniil Medvedev made it through to his second Grand Slam final after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals of the Australian Open

Daniil Medvedev produced a masterclass against Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach his maiden Australian Open final where the Russian will take on eight-time champion Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

Medvedev, who was the runner-up at the 2019 US Open, extinguished the hopes of the 22-year-old from Greece with a 6-4 6-2 7-5 victory to make it 20 wins in a row, including 11 against Top 10 players.

Playing in his third Grand Slam semi-final, Tsitsipas was unable to conjure up another miraculous recovery having already come from two sets down to knock out Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

The efforts of that and the metronomic excellence of his opponent combined to make this a one-sided match barring a late rally from the fifth seed.

Tsitsipas was blown away by Medvedev in Melbourne

Tsitsipas was blown away by Medvedev in Melbourne

Medvedev, who won the ATP Finals in London at the end of last year and went unbeaten through Russia’s ATP Cup triumph, suffered from cramp during his last match in the all-Russian clash with Andrey Rublev.

But he was ruthless from the very start, defending superbly and using his power and accuracy to crush the hopes of Tsitsipas.

The 25-year-old was impeccable on serve throughout and he broke his opponent five times on his way to the final as he silenced the pro-Tsitsipas crowd on Rod Laver Arena.

Greek supporters were silenced by the untouchable Medvedev

Greek supporters were silenced by the untouchable Medvedev

Speaking on court, Medvedev said: “(It was) definitely not easy. (Tsitsipas’) match with Rafa was kind of the same score in the first two sets, third set Rafa was dominating so I got a little bit scared and tight because it’s the semi-final of a slam.

“For us it’s not the 50th like for Novak or Roger (Federer) so it was not easy but I’m happy I managed to turn my game on, especially in some tough moments on my serve and really happy to be in the final.”

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