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Australian Open Highlights, men's semi-finals: Medvedev beats Tsitsipas, faces Nadal in final

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Australian Open Highlights, men's semi-finals: Medvedev beats Tsitsipas, faces Nadal in final

Daniil Medvedev takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second Australian Open semi-final. Images: AP

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Jan 28, 2022 - 17:02 (IST)

Daniil Medvedev vs Rafael Nadal in the final

Daniil Medvedev vs Rafael Nadal it is then. Medvedev denied Djokovic the 21st Grand Slam titles accolade but can he stop Nadal on Sunday? Both men going for records as well. Nadal the 21st. And Medvedev hoping to become the first man in Open Era to win a second Grand Slam right after winning his first. Should be a cracking contest - a repeat of their 2019 US Open final where Nadal got pushed from out of nowhere. Before that, we have the women's final tomorrow where Ashleigh Barty faces Danielle Collins. That gets going at 2 PM IST / 7.30 PM AEDT. Until tomorrow, it is goodbye!

Jan 28, 2022 - 16:57 (IST)

Here's the winning moment

Jan 28, 2022 - 16:53 (IST)

DANIIL MEDVEDEV WINS! Defeats Tsitsipas 7-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to set a date with Rafael Nadal in the men's singles final!

Jan 28, 2022 - 16:28 (IST)

Third set: Daniil Medvedev 6-4

After both players had near-perfect serve efforts in the third set, Medvedev makes Tsitsipas pay for an errant game in the 10th. Converts second of three set points and he is two sets to one up

Jan 28, 2022 - 16:25 (IST)

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

Tsitsipas serving to stay in the third set. Medvedev with a gorgeous drop shot out of nowhere, catches Tsitsipas off guard completely. Follows it up with a backhand pass with Stefanos moving up. At 0-30, Tsitsipas sends his forehand wide. And that is three set points. One saved with a big serve and Medvedev doing too much with it. On the second, Medvedev smashes and Tsitsipas is unable to get it back. SET!

Jan 28, 2022 - 16:21 (IST)

Greek police!

Jan 28, 2022 - 16:20 (IST)

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

A love hold from Medvedev and he is going about his business comfortably and without fuss. Just the way he would like. 

Jan 28, 2022 - 16:18 (IST)

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

After having his serve pushed in the previous game, a less stressful game this time around. Tsitsipas once again opening the court up with a serve out wide and closing the game out with a simple volley

Jan 28, 2022 - 16:12 (IST)

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

Tsitsipas with a gorgeous angled volley on deuce. That was some shot and he's been exceptional at the net the entire match. But Medvedev keeps coming back, forgetting the point, forgetting his frustration earlier. Thumping forehand and Tsitsipas is unable to get the ball back. On to deuce again. Big serve out wide opens the court up and the short reply is dispatched with disdain. Tsitsipas holds after Medvedev sends the forehand return long

Jan 28, 2022 - 16:06 (IST)

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

Stepping away from the feline references, it is on serve in the third set so far. 

Preview: Even before he hit his first ball at this year's Australian Open, Rafael Nadal knew he had an open door to set the men's record for most career Grand Slam singles titles.

So far he hasn't let it close.

Nadal plays Matteo Berrettini in one semifinal on Friday at Melbourne Park, knowing he's potentially two match wins from a 21st major title. He's tied for the record of 20 with Roger Federer, who is recovering from right knee surgery, and Novak Djokovic, who was deported from Australia on the eve of the tournament following an 11-day visa saga over his decision not to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

In the other semifinal, Daniil Medvedev plays Stefanos Tsitsipas in a rematch of their 2021 Australian Open semifinal. Medvedev won last year's semifinal, then lost to Djokovic in the final.

After Nadal's tough five-set win over Denis Shapovalov on Tuesday, he looked to take away some of the pressure of that 21st major.

"I don't believe that my happiness, my future happiness is going to depend on if I achieve one more Grand Slam than the others, or if the others achieve more Grand Slams than me," Nadal said. "For me, the fact that we are equal at 20 ... the only thing that says is that we share an amazing part of the history of our sport, and for me it's a real honor to be part of it."

Nadal spoke highly of Berrettini, among the players like Tsitsipas and Shapovalov who could replace the Big Three who have dominated the sport for nearly 20 years.

"Matteo, he's one of the best players of the world," Nadal said. "I need to play my 100% and my highest level if I want to keep having chances to fight, to be competitive, and to try to be in the final."

The pair have only played once — Nadal beat the Italian in the semifinals of the 2019 U.S. Open in straight sets. Berrettini has matured since, having lost the Wimbledon final last year to Djokovic in four sets. Nadal gives a decade in age to Berrettini — 35 to 25.

U.S. Open champion Medvedev will have to overcome the fatigue from a late-night, 4 hour, 42-minute, five-set comeback win over Felix Auger-Aliassime on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Russian has a 6-2 lead in career meetings with Tsitsipas, although the Greek player beat Medvedev in straight sets the last time they met in last year's French Open quarterfinals. Tsitsipas advanced to the semis here in much easier fashion, beating Jannick Sinner in straight sets in an afternoon quarterfinal.

Medvedev is two wins away from becoming the first man in the Open era to win his second Grand Slam in the next major tournament after his first.

He wasn't aware.

"Actually, I didn't know this stat . . . it's a great challenge," Medvedev said in a news conference after his quarterfinal win. "It will be history."

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