World no. 2 Daniil Medvedev of Russia reaches the Australian Open final for the second consecutive year and beats world no. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Medvedev, the USA Open champion, trying to make tennis history by being the first man in the Open Era to win his second major immediately after his first.
In an exceptionally high-level match, Medvedev was only one level higher. He was more steady, relentless on his run. His backhand was punishing, especially his backhand passing.
Medvedev served spectacularly and gave no rhythm on the return. His first service percentage was 71 percent, and he struck 13 aces. He only encountered four break points in the entire game, and he saved two of them.
Tsitsipas, however, had his chance. In the first set breakout he was dominant 4-1 and had the momentum, but he was unable to execute on the biggest points and could not finish the set.
In the second set, Tsitsipas broke to lead two loves, but Medvedev broke back for 3-everyone.
Tsitsipas, who has a fantastic discount, especially in the two-lane wide, a brilliant forehand and excellent volley, just came when he could.
By 4-al, Medvedev lost his concentration, missed an advance and struck out two double faults. Tsitsipas used this opportunity to tie the game.
Then Medvedev became intensely angry with the referee and called him “a little cat” because he wanted him to issue a code violation for coaching to Tsitsipas’ father. At the end of the match, Medvedev, to his credit, did say he was sorry for the referee.
In the third set, Medvedev, now calm and composed, loves 5-4 and broken again.
He ran away with the fourth set, serving out big and crushing backhand on the line for winners.
Then Medvedev said: “Start from 5-4 in the third, I gained some momentum, made some very important shots, and his energy dropped as a result and mine went up as a result. “
In the final on Sunday, Medvedev will play against Rafael Nadal.
“I’m going to play against one of the biggest again. What’s funny is that I’m going to play someone again who goes for the twenty – first slam. I think the last time Rafa looked close TV. I do not know for whom he cheered. I think Novak will also watch this one in two days. “
“I’m ready. I know that Rafa is a very strong player, and I will have to show my best to try to win this match. “