Tsitsipas: Medvedev Can Beat Djokovic in Final

Tsitsipas: Medvedev Can Beat Djokovic in Final Photo: TT
Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrates after winning his match during the semifinals of the 2021 Australian Open on February 19

Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev overcame Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to reach his second Grand Slam final where he’ll take on eight-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic in Melbourne on Sunday.

Medvedev defeated fifth seed Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-2, 7-5, triumphing in two hours and nine minutes with an emphatic display which extends his head-to-head dominance over the Greek to a 6-1 record.

Tsitsipas had the crowd on his side with a big Greek influence in Melbourne for the match, but the Russian was far from perturbed by their noise, progressing to his second major decider after making the 2019 US Open final.

Medvedev sent down 17 aces to Tsitsipas’s three, while he dominated with an 88% win on first serve percentage, along with winning 45 receiving points.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see Daniil win the tournament,” Tsitsipas said post-game. “But it’s a strange scenario.

“I played Rafa (Nadal) here two years ago. I found his performance against me that day phenomenal. I was 100 per cent sure he was going to win the tournament and I ended up being wrong.”

Medvedev is yet to win a major title but was excited about the challenge of taking on world number one Djokovic who is chasing his 18th Slam.

“I’m the challenger, the guy that challenges the guy who was eight times in the final and won eight times,” Medvedev said.

“I’m happy about it. I like to play against Novak. We have, since the first one when I was ranked 60, we had always tough matches physically, mentally.

“He’s one of the greatest tennis players in the history of tennis so playing a final against him is superb. I’m really happy about it. Let’s see what happens on Sunday.”

Meanwhile, in the women’s final on Saturday, third seed Naomi Osaka heads in as favourite against American Jennifer Brady.

Ben somerford
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