Australian Open semi-final: Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Daniil Medvedev – live reaction! | Sport

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Medvedev speaks to Jim Courier on courtroom: “I don’t suppose dangerous feelings [when he had a go at the umpire] assist me an excessive amount of … you lose focus, you lose power. I’m completely satisfied that I managed to re-concentrate … I pulled out some serves, and that introduced me again into the match …

“Typically it was very even, just a few moments, I perhaps missed some balls the place I might have gotten this break … ranging from 5-4 within the third, I discovered some momentum to learn his serve … his power went down due to this. My power was going up, and I feel it might go up much more if the match will proceed.


“I used to be extra drained than regular … I’m completely satisfied immediately was not 5 hours, so I can stay up for the subsequent one.

“I’m going to play in opposition to one of many best [Nadal in the final] … I feel Novak might be watching this one in two days additionally. Grand slam finals are particular … I’m prepared. I do know that Rafa is a really sturdy participant, I do know I might want to present my greatest to attempt to win this match.”

Is he going to look at Barty v Collins within the girls’s singles ultimate tomorrow night time? “It relies upon what time they’re enjoying … I’m often going to dinner at 8.15 so I’ll watch the beginning of the match …

“I’m attempting to set this up so that you can win over the group,” Courier says.


“I’m going to look at it on my cellphone, guys, I’m going to look at it!”

The gang cheers.

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“Not the warmest of handshakes,” observes the commentator as the 2 gamers meet on the web. Medvedev seems for some eye contact, however doesn’t get any. He then says sorry to the umpire for his ridiculous outburst earlier.

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Medvedev defeats Tsitsipas in 4 units! 6-7 (5), 6-4, 4-6, 1-6

First up, a large serve down the center for 15-0. Then two beautiful passing pictures, simply world-class from Medvedev, and he speeds to 40-0 and three match factors. He crashes one other clear winner out huge and he’s accomplished it! He’ll face Rafael Nadal within the males’s singles ultimate.

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Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 6-4, 4-6, 1-5 *Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Tsitsipas hammers his first serve down the center. Medvedev will get it again, however Tsitsipas has a easy job to finish the purpose with a drop shot. Medvedev digs out a formidable level for 15-15 after which Tsitsipas, trying somewhat fatigued now, can’t take care of a superb deep return which units up a break level for the Russian. He’s completely targeted, he breaks serve once more, and he’s a sport away.

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*Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 6-4, 4-6, 1-4 Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Medvedev has gained 86% of factors on his first serve. Tsitsipas has gained 68%. One other gynormous serve right here and there, within the newest sport of the fourth set, and Medvedev is closing on the end line and a ultimate in opposition to Rafael Nadal.

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Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 6-4, 4-6, 1-3 *Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Medvedev breaks! An beautiful backhand move from the again of the courtroom helps Medvedev to interrupt Tsitsipas, and it appears like the extent of resistance from his opponent has dropped considerably now. That is Medvedev’s second. He’s hitting with supreme authority.

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“I don’t get it, to be sincere,” says the commentator on Eurosport, relating to the teaching warning, as to how Tsitsipas’s masked-up father is managing to get any form of message throughout from the stands. Possibly he’s coughing?

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*Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 6-4, 4-6, 1-2 Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Bang, bang, bang, Medvedev holds serve simply once more, though there was one eye-catching winner from Tsitsipas in amongst that sport.

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Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 6-4, 4-6, 1-1 *Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Tsitsipas produces one of many pictures of the match to settle the primary rally of the sport, punching a crosscourt forehand from the baseline that Medvedev can solely watch and admire. The youthful participant then units up 40-15 with a pleasant mixture of an enormous serve and a fragile drop on the web. Medvedev quickly hits lengthy, and we’re all sq. within the fourth.

After which a training warning comes for Tsitsipas! Tsitsipas smiles, unusually, however that’s a victory of kinds for Medvedev who complained vociferously about it earlier.

“It should be hand indicators,” says Henman on commentary. “How are you going to hear what he’s saying with a masks?”

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*Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 6-4, 4-6, 0-1 Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Medvedev holds to open up the fourth after which takes a sip of water. He smells an opportunity right here. Can he crush his opponent’s problem within the subsequent couple of minutes?

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Medvedev wins the third set in opposition to Tsitsipas! 6-7 (5), 6-4, 4-6

Medvedev produces a fragile drop for 0-15. Tsitsipas comes ahead on the subsequent level, and the Russian belts an unerring backhand move past him down the road. Energy and precision. Fast as a flash it’s 0-40 and three set factors. Tsitsipas saves one in every of them with a robust serve down the center … however on the subsequent level, Medvedev is throughout his opponent, working him across the courtroom, and ultimately creating an opportunity to smash for the set. Tsitsipas tries, heroically, to get the smash again however hits is huge. Medvedev is again in entrance! Tsitsipas has to return from a set down if he’s going to thrill the Greek followers and arrange a gathering with Nadal.

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*Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 6-4, 4-5 Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Medvedev, who seems extra in management now, continues to serve with punishing accuracy and energy. He’s such a tough participant to take care of, once you mix his huge serve together with his pace and mobility in defence. However Tsitsipas is definitely giving it a go.

“It seems like these two didn’t minimize any corners,” observes Tim Henman, in reference to the bodily form each are in.

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Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 6-4, 4-4 *Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

One other booming huge serve seals the maintain for the Greek participant.

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*Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 6-4, 3-4 Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Guess what? Medvedev holds to like. He rounds off the sport with a dismissive forehand volley. Tsitsipas simply stands there. The gamers will take a drink, and a pat-down with a towel, and we stay with serve within the third set.

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Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 6-4, 3-3 *Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Tsitsipas fluffs a close-range volley for 0-15. He deliver it again to 30-15 after which slaps down an excellent huge serve which units up the purpose and 40-15. Nevertheless, Medvedev isn’t keen to provide this sport up and not using a battle, and he forces it again to deuce with some thunderous hitting from the again of the courtroom. At deuce, Tsitsipas once more has no hesitation in attacking the web, and pulls off a fantastically managed forehand volley for the benefit.

Medvedev, although, unloads an obscenely highly effective forehand on the subsequent level, cranking his entire physique into it and giving it every part … and Tsitsipas can’t get it again. Tsitsipas stays cool although and a large serve, adopted by one down the center, and ultimately seals the maintain. Tsitsipas nods to himself emphatically. That was a take a look at and he got here via.

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*Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 6-4, 2-3 Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

A love maintain for “Mr Offended”, Daniil Medvedev, who’s striding across the courtroom like a bear with a sore head. A really tall bear, who is superb at enjoying tennis, admittedly.

It stays with serve at 2-3 within the third.

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Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 6-4, 2-2 *Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Tsitsipas cracks a chic forehand down the road (which Tim Henman, on commentary, calls ‘inside-in’, which I’ve not heard earlier than) … after which hammers down his fourth ace of the match, at 212km/h, to make it 2-2 and all sq. within the third set.

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*Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 6-4, 1-2 Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Tsitsipas musters a solitary level on his opponent’s serve, however Medvedev holds good and simply.

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Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 6-4, 1-1 *Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

A booming huge serve by Tsitsipas seals his newest maintain. He clenches his fist in celebration. A set all, a sport all … who’s going to crack within the third set? The standard of tennis could have dropped barely however the drama has intensified.

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*Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 6-4, 0-1 Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Medvedev appears to break down barely in the course of the sport, and provides up a few break factors, however he pulls himself collectively and holds. The gang is in opposition to him, and he appears to suppose the umpire is in opposition to him. However he does the required and edges in entrance in the beginning of the third.

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Medvedev actually misplaced it with the umpire Jaume Campistol on that changeover, and on the finish of the set, he has one other go on the difficulty of Tsitsipas’s father teaching him from the stands.

On the changeover, Medvedev’s tirade included the next: “His father can speak each level! Are you able to reply my query please! Oh my God, you might be so dangerous man! How are you going to be so dangerous within the semi-final of a grand slam? Have a look at me! I’m speaking to you!”

On the finish of the set, Medvedev stated that if the umpire doesn’t take motion: “You might be … how can I name it? A small cat.”

Medvedev isn’t the preferred participant on tour, it’s truthful to say. And it’s not arduous to see why.

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Tsitsipas wins the second set in opposition to Medvedev! 6-7 (5), 6-4

It’s all sq..

Tsitsipas is whipping the group up now. The gang are responding. However Medvedev battles again from 40-15 and saves two set factors. Tsitsipas then will get a warning from the umpire, I feel for taking too lengthy over his serve. At deuce, an exceptional rally and a few phenomenal defence from Medvedev ends with a clear winner from Tsitsipas! After which he seals the sport, and the set!

Stefanos Tsitsipas and his followers have fun on the finish of the second set. {Photograph}: Loren Elliott/Reuters

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Medvedev simply had a go on the umpire in the course of the changeover, saying that Tsitsipas’s father is teaching him from his seat within the stands, which is a well-known chorus from the Greek participant’s opponents …

Daniil Medvedev remonstrates with the chair umpire.

Daniil Medvedev remonstrates with the chair umpire. {Photograph}: Dave Hunt/AAP

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*Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 5-4 Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Medvedev double-faults for 30-30, the primary of the match from both participant … he then butchers a forehand handy his opponent a break level … after which he double-faults once more handy Tsitsipas the break! That’s unbelievable! What’s occurring with Medvedev?

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Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 4-4 *Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Tsitsipas speeds via his newest service sport with some power-packed hitting. A maintain to like.

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*Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 3-4 Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

It’s pouring with rain within the darkness of Melbourne, however the roof is closed and the followers are completely satisfied. Particularly with what’s typically been a high-class match, even when the earlier sport was characterised by a succesion of unforced errors. Medvedev holds, once more, and leads for the primary time within the second set.

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Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 3-3 *Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

At 15-15 Tsitsipas tries one other drop shot. Medvedev will get there, and his tried move kisses the web, which makes it subsequent to unattainable for Tsitsipas to get it again … the Greek participant then coughs up an unforced error and immediately it’s 15-40. Medvedev then errs, hitting lengthy to reward his opponent a glimmer of hope at 30-40. Medvedev hits lengthy once more for deuce, after Tsitsipas exhibits unbelievable psychological fortitude to hold on going for his pictures regardless of being getting ready to dropping this service sport. One other unforced error from Tsitsipas and ultimately, Medvedev grabs a break level, and he’s again on phrases with the break again on this second set. He’s one gained out of eight break factors.

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*Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 3-2 Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

The Medvedev serve is again to its greatest and he conjures up one other maintain to like. However Tsitsipas, in fact, solely wants to carry serve to say this set, being a break up.

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Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 3-1 *Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Tsitsipas races to a different maintain of serve, together with a second ace of the match. We’ve been going for simply over an hour … if Medvedev felt he had delivered a decisive blow in that first-set tiebreak, nothing might be farther from the reality.

Stefanos Tsitsipas plays a backhand return.

Stefanos Tsitsipas performs a backhand return. {Photograph}: Dean Lewins/EPA

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*Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 2-1 Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Medvedev holds to like.

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Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 2-0 *Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Prime-class stuff from the 23-year-old Greek. He seals the maintain, to again up the break of serve, together with his first ace of the match. He’s on high.

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*Tsitsipas 6-7 (5), 1-0 Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Tsitsipas takes his opponent’s serve to 30-30 … Medvedev then shanks a horrible forehand lengthy and huge and it’s break level! Tsitsipas duly seizes his second, working his opponent across the courtroom relentlessly on the subsequent rally, unafraid to tackle his pictures. Medvedev’s defence is exemplary however Tsitsipas ultimately wears him down, perhaps wears him out, and breaks on the opening of the second set with an angled forehand winner that even the lightning-quick Medvedev can’t run down.

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Medvedev wins the primary set in opposition to Tsitsipas! 6-7 (5)

Medvedev is underneath sustained stress however he delivers when it actually counts. Medvedev finds an exquisite down-the-line winner to edge again to parity at 4-4. Then he hits lengthy, uncharacteristically, an unforced error which palms the lead again to his opponent. Unbowed and unflustered, Medvedev wins his subsequent two service factors, together with a world-class double-handed backhand down the road for 6-5 and set level. Tsitsipas hits a fraction huge and it’s the primary set for the US Open champion!

Daniil Medvedev reacts after winning the first set.

Daniil Medvedev reacts after successful the primary set. {Photograph}: Dave Hunt/AAP

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Tsitsipas 6-6 Medvedev (4-3 tiebreak)

At 4-1 Medvedev spanks two huge serves, when he wants them most, and it’s again to 4-3 within the tiebreak. Nonetheless benefit Tsitsipas.

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Tsitsipas 6-6 Medvedev (4-1 tiebreak)

Tsitsipas, on the second level of the tiebreak, mixes issues up fantastically to grab the mini-break. He opens up a 4-1 lead after Medvedev hits huge, an unforced error. Tsitsipas is rising into this match, actually rising into it, and Medvedev is in grave hazard of dropping this primary set!

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First set: Tsitsipas 6-6 Medvedev

Straightforward as that, Medvedev holds comfortably (though Tsitsipas did win some extent on his opponent’s serve, lastly) … and we’re right into a first-set tiebreak.

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*Tsitsipas 6-5 Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Tsitsipas crushes just a few huge serves of his personal, together with an enormous one down the center for 40-0. Then he pulls off a luxurious drop shot to seal the sport. That’s good stuff. Neither participant has hit an ace but, and we’re with serve within the first set, however Medvedev handed up 4 break factors within the ninth sport. Or fairly, Tsitsipas saved them.

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*Tsitsipas 5-5 Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

The Russian holds to like once more. Tsitsipas hasn’t mustered some extent on Medvedev’s large serve simply but. However he’s definitely hanging in there.

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Tsitsipas 5-4 *Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

The longest, and most fascinating, sport of the match arrives. An opportunity for the Russian comes at 0-30 after Tsitsipas is available in behind his second serve. He digs out a volley – simply – however Medvedev sprints to the web and tucks away the winner. On the subsequent level, it’s an epic 34-shot rally, which Medvedev wrestles management of and ultimately claims with a tremendous angled winner. Medvedev raises his arms to greet the roar of the group.

At 0-40 Medvedev goes for it – he crushes a robust tried forehand winner which lands a fraction out. Tsitsipas places away a volley to avoid wasting one other break level, making it 30-40. He then belts an exquisite, highly effective backhand which Medvedev can’t get again for deuce – significantly spectacular from the No 4 seed – however then hits huge, disappointingly, on the subsequent level for break level No 4.

He saves that with an enormous serve down the center … after which an exquisite piece of anticipation from each gamers, Medvedev operating huge to his left and making an attempt a backhand move which Tsitsipas volleys confidently for one more benefit …

There is a little more back-and-forth from benefit to deuce … and Tsitsipas holds! Nicely accomplished! 4 break factors for Medvedev … however none taken.

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*Tsitsipas 4-4 Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

One other crushing maintain to like from Medvedev. He’s getting these lengthy levers working within the rallies, too, and Tsitsipas seems helpless to win some extent on his opponent’s serve, not to mention break him.

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Tsitsipas 4-3 *Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Tsitsipas will get the higher of Medvedev in one other lengthy trade, at 15-15, and permits himself somewhat fist-pump. Tsitsipas is hitting the ball sweetly and the Russian ultimately dumps a shot into the web from the baseline in that lengthy rally. No worries for Tsitsipas and he holds simply.

Stefanos Tsitsipas stretches for a return.

Stefanos Tsitsipas stretches for a return. {Photograph}: Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Photos

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*Tsitsipas 3-3 Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

One other sport ticked off. One other cozy maintain. To those eyes, it’s Tsitsipas who’s having to work more durable to maintain parity together with his opponent. Medvedev seems able to pounce on any inaccuracy. However Tsitsipas is definitely not letting him dictate.

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Tsitsipas 3-2 *Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

Once more Tsitsipas opts for a drop, and he races to sport level. At 40-0 Medvedev will get a slice of luck with a forehand that flicks off the web and drops in. He holds a hand up in apology. No worries for Tsitsipas, although, who tucks away a forehand with a minimal of fuss to carry once more. That is transferring quick. It’s with serve. Who’s going to blink first?

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*Tsitsipas 2-2 Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

One other maintain to like. At 0-40, Tsitsipas tries one other cute drop shot, however will get it mistaken and flops it into the web. It’s clearly a tactic although. Other than that, Medvedev winds up a few huge floor strokes and holds with authority. We’re racing via this primary set.

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Tsitsipas 2-1 *Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

A pleasant drop shot from Tsitsipas for 15-0 – the Russian races to the web and will get it again however Tsitsipas simply lobs him, to the delight of the group. Tsitsipas then opens up the courtroom with an angled forehand and places the volley away crisply for 0-30. It’s one other comfy maintain – and there are indicators that Tsitsipas goes to try to combine issues up a bit, and never let Medvedev get too comfy together with his energy sport from the baseline.

Daniil Medvedev at the net.

Daniil Medvedev on the web. {Photograph}: Morgan Sette/Reuters

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*Tsitsipas 1-1 Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

A protracted baseline rally to start the sport: Medvedev climbing into that spectacular double-handed backhand with enthusiasm. Tsitsipas beneficial properties some floor in an extended trade however ultimately nets from the baseline and Medvedev tonks down a few huge serves after that to carry serve, like his opponent, comfortably on the outset.

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Tsitsipas 1-0 *Medvedev (* denotes subsequent server)

A surprising drop volley on the primary level of the match from Tsitsipas as he assaults the web after sending a strong forehand down the road. That units the tone for the sport, and Tsitsipas holds with a minimal of fuss. A great begin.

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A couple of minutes late, the gamers are out on Rod Laver Area. The umpire asks Tsitsipas if he’s OK with the pink towels. The Greek participant says he prefers the blue. Pink towels for Medvedev it’s, then.

The gamers are knocking up now. The roof is closed and the auditorium is filled with loads of followers – as much as the 65% capability that’s permitted, anyway.

Daniil Medvedev waves to the crowd as he arrives to face Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Daniil Medvedev waves to the group as he arrives to face Stefanos Tsitsipas. {Photograph}: Aaron Francis/AFP/Getty Photos

Stefanos Tsitsipas arrives on court.

Stefanos Tsitsipas arrives on courtroom. {Photograph}: Morgan Sette/Reuters

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Medvedev dispatched Tsitsipas in straight units on the similar stage of this match final yr. Can he make brief work of him once more? Tsitsipas seems buoyant since having surgical procedure on his elbow late final yr. He has spoken in the previous couple of days about the way it feels to play pain-free after a very long time combating that damage. So maybe he’s a distinct proposition this yr.

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Over on Eurosport, they’re enjoying just a few snippets of Medvedev’s progress to this stage.

Following his last-eight win in opposition to Felix Auger Aliassime, Medvedev defined this devastatingly easy sport plan: “I’m going to win one set … perhaps two … perhaps three … and it labored out.”

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Is that this the way forward for tennis? “It needs to be,” stated Nick Kyrgios. When Kyrgios says one thing there may be often no turning again. Truly, typically there may be, as a result of we all know he’s vulnerable to the odd backflip, or flip-out, or flippancy basically.

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He stated he would live if he didn’t win, and live Dylan Alcott shall. With out an eighth consecutive Australian Open title however together with his nation behind him.

The career of Dylan Alcott is celebrated on Rod Laver Arena ahead of the men’s sngles semi-final between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev.

The profession of Dylan Alcott is well known on Rod Laver Area forward of the lads’s sngles semi-final between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev. {Photograph}: Quinn Rooney/Getty Photos

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Ash Barty will face Danielle Collins in Saturday’s girls’s singles ultimate. Tumaini Carayol reviews:

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Rafael Nadal is into the lads’s singles ultimate. Can he make it grand slam quantity 21 in opposition to Medvedev or Tsitsipas? Right here’s our semi-final report:

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A males’s singles semi-final on the Australian Open. They don’t come any larger than this, do they? OK, sure they do, specifically within the ultimate, however that is nonetheless a really, very huge day.

The 25-year-old Russian, Daniil Medvedev, is the person who defeated Novak Djokovic in straight units to say final yr’s US Open, his first grand slam title. The world No 1 Djokovic, as you might have heard, was despatched residence in controversial circumstances final week, which helped to create a remarkably open males’s singles draw within the first grand slam match of the yr.

At 23, the Athens-born Stefanos Tsitsipas is – comparatively talking – the younger pretender, and not using a grand slam title so far, however it’s certainly solely a matter of time. Might this be his second? Rafael Nadal defeated Matteo Berrettini in 4 units to achieve his sixth Australian Open ultimate earlier immediately. Over the subsequent few hours, we’ll uncover who’s going to face him in that ultimate. Let’s get it on.

The match is scheduled to begin at 8.30am UK / 7.30pm Melbourne time.

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