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Australian Open 2021 Semi Final, Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev HIGHLIGHTS: Medvedev Beats Tsitsipas to Enter Final

Australian Open 2021 Semi Final, Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev Highlights: Daniil Medvedev beats Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to enter his first Australian Open final. This is his only second Grand Slam final.

News18 Sports | February 19, 2021, 16:40 IST
Australian Open 2021 Semi Final, Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev Highlights: Daniil Medvedev beats Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to enter his first Australian Open final. The Russian totally outplayed his Greek counterpart with his machine-like performance in the Rod Laver Arena. He was from=nt foot right from the word go and maintained his level for the most part the match to win the match 6-4, 6-2, 7-5. He will now face eight-time winner Novak Djokovic in the final.

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.
Feb 19, 2021 16:40 (IST)
 

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 16:28 (IST)
 

Daniil Medvedev beats Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to enter his first Australian Open final. The Russian totally outplayed his Greek counterpart with his machine-like performance in the Rod Laver Arena. He was from=nt foot right from the word go and maintained his level for most part the match to win the match 6-4, 6-2, 7-5.

Feb 19, 2021 16:26 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Back to back unforced errors by Tsitsipas by the net and that was enough for Medvedev to pounce on the opportunity. He wins the game with a magnificent backhand

Tsitsipas 5-6 Medvedev*

Feb 19, 2021 16:20 (IST)

Stefanos Tsitsipas breaks back and consolidates to jump to 5-4 lead against Daniil Medvedev in the third set.

Feb 19, 2021 16:18 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: A very late surge from the Greek! HE is now just a game away from winning the third set. who would have thought this! Well the Melbourne crowd certainly played their part in this.

Tsitsipas 5-4 Medvedev*

Feb 19, 2021 16:12 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev raced on to a 30-0 lead before Tsitsipas made a comeback. Suddenly, the Russian is looking off-colour. However, he went on to win the game courtesy two aces.

Tsitsipas* 4-4 Medvedev

Feb 19, 2021 16:08 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev:  Tsitsipas gets his first break of the night. Can he build on it though? He raced to 30-0 after Medvedev volleyed into the net, then he went on to win the game.

Tsitsipas* 4-3 Medvedev

Feb 19, 2021 16:05 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Looks like the Greek is back in business, he was 40-15 ahead when Medvedev saved one break point but failed to save the second. Game On!

Tsitsipas 3-3 Medvedev*

Feb 19, 2021 15:59 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Tsitsipas is still hanging on in there, and the DJ is playing I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Pease, is he feeling the same? Can he turn it around? 

Tsitsipas 2-3 Medvedev*

Feb 19, 2021 15:55 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: It is too easy for the Russian at the moment. Tsitsipas has no reply for his prowess.

Tsitsipas* 1-3 Medvedev

Feb 19, 2021 15:54 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Stefanos Tsitsipas has won the third game. Can he make a late comeback?

Tsitsipas 1-2 Medvedev*

Feb 19, 2021 15:46 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev is up 30-0 in no flash as Tsitsipas look crestfallen. Another ace means he is up 40-0 and holds his own serve at love.  

Tsitsipas* 0-2 Medvedev

Feb 19, 2021 15:44 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev carries on from where he leff toff in the orevious set and leads 0-15. His loft is wide and Tsitsipas is back in it. The Russian's backhand is on point as he places the bacll perfectly to get back in the lead at 15-30. He hits another one long and it is all squareat 30-30. Medvedev is playing some other-worldly tennis as he makes the most impossible-looking shot easy. And he breaks the fifrst serve game of Tsitsipas. 

Tsitsipas 0-1 Medvedev*

Feb 19, 2021 15:37 (IST)

One foot in the final for Daniil Medvedev? Or will Stefanos Tsitsipas make another comeback? 

Feb 19, 2021 15:34 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: That's that! Medvedev wins the game at love and takes the second set 6-2.

Tsitsipas 2-6 Medvedev

Feb 19, 2021 15:31 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: What a return from Medvedev! He is up 30-0 with a mistake from Tsitsipas. Medvedev digs out an impossible return from a tight angle and he is up 40-0. Medvedev breaks again!

Tsitsipas* 2-4 Medvedev

Feb 19, 2021 15:27 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev is up 30-0 in no time with a couple of aces. And 40-0 with another ace. Mevedev hits on into the net. But composes himself to hold serve. Tsitsipas is looking lost. 

Tsitsipas* 2-4 Medvedev

Feb 19, 2021 15:24 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Tsitsipas gets the first point but Medvedev hits back to make it 15-15. The Russian look gruntled and he is down 30-15. He brings ut the ace to make it 30-30. The Russian hit on long and leads and Tsitsipas holds serve with a delightful drop.

Tsitsipas 2-3 Medvedev*

Feb 19, 2021 15:20 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev is on fire!He hits multiple aces to hold serve at love.Barely a challenge from Tsitsipas.

Tsitsipas* 1-3 Medvedev

Feb 19, 2021 15:16 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev breaks serve! 

Tsitsipas 1-2 Medvedev*

Feb 19, 2021 15:08 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev is tryingto maintain his lead in the game but Tsitsipas is not the one to give in so easily. As the Greek hit one return long, Medvedev takes the lead at 40-30 and with another onw hit long by Tsitsipas, he hods serve. 

Tsitsipas* 1-1 Medvedev

Feb 19, 2021 15:05 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Tsitsipas starts the second set brightly and holds serve but not before Medvedev challenged the Greek. At deuce, after a few rallies, Tsitsipas serves up an ace and wraps up his serve with a powerful expansive forehand.

Tsitsipas 1-0 Medvedev*

Feb 19, 2021 14:59 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev hits an ace but then his backhand was long to make it 15-15. A brilliant rally with was hit into the net by Tsitsipas, means the Russian is up 30-15. Another ace and he is 40-15. The Greek manages to save one set point and the second as well Medvedev hit on long. Tsitsipas fails to get a return but Medvedev double faults and it is deuce again. Medvedev hits a perfect ace and then another to bag the opening set. 

Tsitsipas 4-6 Medvedev

Feb 19, 2021 14:51 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Tsitsipas holds serve but it will be Medvedev who serves for the opening set!

Tsitsipas* 4-5 Medvedev

Feb 19, 2021 14:47 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev hits into the net and then makes up with an ace to make it 15-15. He leads 30-15 with another ace. Up 40-0 with another! Medvedev hits long and Tsitsipas is back in it 40-30 only to have the Russian hit a brilliant winner to hold serve.

Tsitsipas* 3-5 Medvedev

Feb 19, 2021 14:44 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Tsitsipas lets out a thunderous winner down the line as Medvedev tried to approach the net to get a volley. The Greek then hits one long on his backhand to make it 15-15. Medvedev fails to send back the returns and Tsitsipas is up 40-15. A brilliant rally as both players cover a lot of distance but the Russian's backend return is wide. 

Tsitsipas 3-4 Medvedev*

Feb 19, 2021 14:40 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Tsitsipas hits one long and Medvedev is ahead 15-0. Another one long and it is 30-0. Medvedev is up 40-0 and raps up the game with an ace. 

Tsitsipas* 2-4 Medvedev

Feb 19, 2021 14:36 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Tsitsipas and Medvedev going at it level pegging. Medvedev's return forces Tsitsipas to hit it on the bounce but the Russian fails on the next serve and it is deuce. A backhand down the lie means Medvedev has the advantage and as Tsitsipas hits long. Medvedev breaks serve.

Tsitsipas 2-3 Medvedev*

Feb 19, 2021 14:32 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Some beautiful tennis from Medvedev and Tsitsipas but the Russian finishes it off with a jab-like backhand to be 15-0. He races to a 40-0 lead with some powerful winners down the line. Tsitsipas fails to hit a good enough return and Medvedev holds serve at love

Tsitsipas* 2-2 Medvedev

Feb 19, 2021 14:28 (IST)

Australian Open Men's Singles Semi-final - Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev: Medvedev and Tsitsipas trade blows to be 15-15. Mevedev hits it long to be behind 40-15 but Tsitsipas tries a cheeky drop shot as the Russian is 30-40. But Tsitsipas holds serve as Medvedev's return is straight at the net.  

Tsitsipas 2-1 Medvedev*

Australian Open 2021 Semi Final, Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Daniil Medvedev HIGHLIGHTS: Medvedev Beats Tsitsipas to Enter Final
Daniil Medvedev (Photo Credit: Twitter)

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.