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Medvedev routs Tsitsipas to set up Djokovic final

Last updated on: February 19, 2021 17:07 IST
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IMAGE: Daniil Medvedev beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in the semi-finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Friday. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Russia's Daniil Medvedev lived up to Novak Djokovic’s praise as the “man to beat” at the Australian Open as he booked his first Melbourne Park final with a 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday.

 

The rangy Medvedev wrapped the Greek fifth seed in a blanket of pressure under the lights of Rod Laver Arena, capturing his 20th successive victory to have a shot at ending Djokovic’s dynasty in Sunday’s decider.

Fourth seed Medvedev served like a machine until broken in the third set, which brought Greek fans in the terraces back to life as Tsitsipas roared back to a 5-4 lead.

But the Russian silenced the crowd with the decisive break in the 11th game, then sealed the match when he rushed forward on match point to whack a booming forehand into the corner.

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