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Australian Open 2021 Highlights: Daniil Medvedev beats Stefanos Tsitsipas, faces Novak Djokovic in the final

Australian Open 2021 Semi finals: Daniil Medvedev beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 in the men's semi-final. He faces eight-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday.

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Australian Open 2021 Highlights: Daniil Medvedev beats Stefanos Tsitsipas, faces Novak Djokovic in the final

Stefanos Tsitsipas will take on Daniil Medvedev for a place in the Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic. AP

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16:37 (ist)

Daniil Medvedev speaks after the match:

It was definitely not easy, because you saw the match with Rafael Nadal. It was more or less the same score as it was in that match, so I was a bit worried he would come back. But I was able to turn on my game, and get the win.

I just tried to hit aces and winners, and get the ball in the court. I stayed in the match thanks to some aces, I'm glad I managed to keep my nerves under control for a while, though I made mistakes in that game where I was broken.

I was dominating the winners. I think he was tired after the Rafa match, which was surprising, but I saw very quickly that he was struggling when I was moving him around on court.

To be honest, I don't know why I'm getting good results. I've been working very hard all my life, and I hope I'll be this good when I'm as old as you (points at Jim Courier) Before Paris, I was struggling, making mistakes, and I'm doing well right now, so I hope that things stay as they are.

I learned a lot from the match against Nadal in the Us Open final. I took experience from it. It was my first Grand Slam final against one of the greatest. On Sunday, I'll have a final against one of the other greatest. So we'll see what happens, there's no way to know right now which way it could go.

I don't have a lot of pressure, because he's never lost an Australian Open final. It's him who's under pressure, he's the one who's trying to catch Roger and Rafa. I have only experience to gain, he might have more to lose than me. 

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Feb 19, 2021 - 16:53 (IST)

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Feb 19, 2021 - 16:37 (IST)

Daniil Medvedev speaks after the match:

It was definitely not easy, because you saw the match with Rafael Nadal. It was more or less the same score as it was in that match, so I was a bit worried he would come back. But I was able to turn on my game, and get the win.

I just tried to hit aces and winners, and get the ball in the court. I stayed in the match thanks to some aces, I'm glad I managed to keep my nerves under control for a while, though I made mistakes in that game where I was broken.

I was dominating the winners. I think he was tired after the Rafa match, which was surprising, but I saw very quickly that he was struggling when I was moving him around on court.

To be honest, I don't know why I'm getting good results. I've been working very hard all my life, and I hope I'll be this good when I'm as old as you (points at Jim Courier) Before Paris, I was struggling, making mistakes, and I'm doing well right now, so I hope that things stay as they are.

I learned a lot from the match against Nadal in the Us Open final. I took experience from it. It was my first Grand Slam final against one of the greatest. On Sunday, I'll have a final against one of the other greatest. So we'll see what happens, there's no way to know right now which way it could go.

I don't have a lot of pressure, because he's never lost an Australian Open final. It's him who's under pressure, he's the one who's trying to catch Roger and Rafa. I have only experience to gain, he might have more to lose than me. 

Feb 19, 2021 - 16:29 (IST)

Set 3 Stats

Feb 19, 2021 - 16:28 (IST)

Game, Set, Match: Daniil Medvedev beats Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-2, 7-5!

What does Stefanos Tsitsipas have left in the tank? It seemed for a brief moment that he could put together a comeback, but Medvedev shut it down in double quick time, and it's now or never for Tsitsipas. Tsitsipas forces Medvedev into an error to make it 0-15, but then tamely hits the ball into the net for 15-15. Medvedev follows that up with a cross-court backhand winner and a big, big serve to give himself two match points. It's all over, Daniil Medvedev will face Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open 2021 final, after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets!

Feb 19, 2021 - 16:24 (IST)

Daniil Medvedev* 6-4, 6-2, 6-5 Stefanos Tsitsipas (*denotes next server)

What a response from Daniil Medvedev! The Russian manages to grind out a hold under some pressure from Tsitsipas, before winning three huge points with excellent shot-making to give himself a bunch of break points in a crucial game. He can't convert the first one, Tsitsipas forces him wide, and then hits a smash on his high lob. And Medvedev gets the break with a gorgeous backhand down the line which whizzes past Tsitsipas! He'll now serve for a spot in the final!

Feb 19, 2021 - 16:17 (IST)

Daniil Medvedev* 6-4, 6-2, 4-5 Stefanos Tsitsipas (*denotes next server)

Tsitsipas is really racing towards the net at every opportunity, and he gets the first point on his serve with a delightful volley. A winner and an error from Medvedev make it 30-15. Medvedev seems to have regained a bit of momentum though, he unleashes a furious cross court forehand winner to make it 30-30, before hitting a return wide. Tsitsipas has game point, but he meekly double faults, and it's deuce. Tsitsipas wins the next two points with ease, and holds. Medvedev will serve to stay in the set.

Feb 19, 2021 - 16:14 (IST)

Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-2, 4-4 Stefanos Tsitsipas* (*denotes next server)

A miscued backhand from Tsitsipas almost nails a supporter right on the noggin, before Medvedev hits an ace. The Russian then hits one into the crowd, and a very happy member of the audience proudly holds up the ball to show he's taken a good catch. The slow mo replay proves it, it was a spectacular one-hander. Couple of points for Tsitsipas, and he has a breakpoint. Medvedev deals with promptly, firing an ace past the Greek youngster. Another ace, and Medvedev has advantage. A mistake from Tsitsipas and Medvedev holds. That felt like a big moment.

Feb 19, 2021 - 16:06 (IST)

Daniil Medvedev* 6-4, 6-2, 3-4 Stefanos Tsitsipas (*denotes next server)

The crowd has now abandoned all pretense of being unbiased and it seems to have rattled Medvedev a bit, who loses a string of points on his serve to give Tsitsipas his first break points of the evening. Another mistake by Daniil Medvedev sees Tsitsipas break for the first time tonight, and the crowd erupts in applause, it's getting quite raucous in here. Is this too little too late from Tsitsipas? The Greek wins the first two points of his service game, and the crowd is cheering deliriously for every point. It's like a football match, and Medvedev is like the referee, a target of universal hatred. Tsitsipas holds, and Medvedev, for the first time, looks a bit unsure.

Feb 19, 2021 - 15:57 (IST)

Daniil Medvedev* 6-4, 6-2, 3-2 Stefanos Tsitsipas (*denotes next server)

The Rod Laver DJ is playing I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas, but I'm sure Tsitsipas does not feel like it's going to be a good night at the moment. Medvedev blitzes through his service game, it's taking him next to no time to hold serve. Tsitsipas drops the first points on his serve by hitting a couple of shots long, and the second of those nearly ended up in the first row of seats. 0-30. He forces Medvedev into making a couple of mistakes though, 30-30. An attempted forehand then goes wrong and the ball flies upwards off of Tsitsipas' racquet to give Medvedev break point, but he cannot convert, deuce. Advantage Medvedev, Tsitsipas hits wide. Ace, and it's back to deuce. Medvedev tries to lob a ball over Tsitsipas, but he cannot get enough on it, and the Greek star unleashes a smash. A mistake from Medvedev means Tsitsipas just about holds.

Feb 19, 2021 - 15:49 (IST)

Daniil Medvedev* 6-4, 6-2, 2-1 Stefanos Tsitsipas (*denotes next server)

It's too easy for Medvedev at the moment, and you can't help thinking Novak Djokovic is probably looking at this with a sense of apprehension. Medvedev holds to love thanks to a couple of big serves. Tsitsipas' breathing is quite laboured, he looks exhausted, and who wouldn't be after playing a five-setter against Rafael Nadal. He does well in his service game to hold 40-15, but it's a long road back from here.

Melbourne: Stefanos Tsitsipas faces Daniil Medvedev on Friday for a place in the Australian Open final, where eight-time winner Novak Djokovic awaits.

Greece's Tsitsipas once riled Medvedev by calling him "boring", but he now considers the in-form Russian "smart".

The pair first met on court at Miami in 2018 and have played six times, with Medvedev leading their series with five wins.

But Tsitsipas, who came back from two sets down to shock 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals, won their last encounter at the ATP Tour Finals in 2019.

A war of words erupted between Tsitsipas and Medvedev after their 2019 clash in Shanghai, when the Greek lashed out at the Russian's "boring" play, with his big serve and relentless baseline rallies.

Tsitsipas has changed his mind now, with the 25-year-old on a 19-match win streak dating back to November.

"Medvedev is going to be a difficult task. He's in very good shape, playing good tennis, playing accurate, playing simple," said Tsitsipas.

"Might have said in the past that he plays boring, but I don't really think he plays boring.

"He just plays extremely smart and outplays you."

'Amazing player'

The 22-year-old Tsitsipas was two sets down and seemed to be heading for defeat against Nadal before launching an astonishing comeback to go through 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 7-5 in four hours and five minutes.

"Stefanos is an amazing player, big serve, great volley," said Medvedev, who beat fellow Russian Andrey Rublev over three sets in his quarter-final.

"Tough to play. I think he's improving physically because maybe two years ago could say, yeah, out of five sets it's maybe not bad to play him. I don't think it's the case right now."

Both men head into the semi-final bidding for a maiden Grand Slam title.

Tsitsipas has never gone beyond a semi-final before, falling to Nadal in the last four at the 2019 Australian Open and to Djokovic at Roland Garros last year.

He has his sights set on becoming the youngest Grand Slam champion since Djokovic won the title at Melbourne Park in 2008 and the first Greek, man or woman, to lift a major trophy.

Medvedev will be playing his first semi in Melbourne as he continues to knock on the door of Grand Slam success, having reached the 2019 US Open final, where he was pipped in five sets by Nadal, and the last four in New York in 2020.

Earlier on Rod Laver Arena on Friday the Czech third seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova will face Elise Mertens of Belgium and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, the second seeds, in the women's doubles final.

With inputs from AFP.

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