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Australian Open 2022, Daniil Medvedev def Stefanos Tsitsipas, result, match report, score, semi-final, blog, video, feud, tennis news

Daniil Medvedev is through to his first Australian Open final after overcoming Stefanos Tsitsipas and his own emotions on Friday night.

For the second time in a row, it will be Medvedev trying to stop a man playing for his 21st Slam title, as he’ll face Rafael Nadal on Sunday.

Medvedev melted down late in the second set, ranting at the chair umpire over Tsitsipas’ dad delivering mid-match coaching – for which the Greek later received a violation – but managed to recover after a brief third-set stumble.

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The Russian was dominant on serve, and when Tsitsipas stumbled in the fourth, he proved too good to hold back. Medvedev won 7-6(5) 4-6 6-4 6-1.

He becomes the second man in the Open era to make the final of the Slam directly after winning his first major title.

Medvedev won the US Open last year, stopping Novak Djokovic from the calendar Grand Slam in the process.

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Medvedev was both booed and siuuuu-ed on his way onto Rod Laver Arena with the crowd, featuring plenty of Melbourne’s Greek community, clearly on Tsitsipas’ side.

They were thrilled when the No.4 seed held to love to open the match.

Nine’s Jim Courier suggested the closed roof and cooler conditions would help Medvedev.

“They (the conditions) are so different to what they have been experiencing for their last four matches. It was so hot in the run-up. Even the night matches it was warm and the ball was travelling quickly. It was very tough physically on them,” he explained.

“It is closed tonight. Air conditioned. Very comfortable, no breeze. And what that does, although it is still so humid, it is tough to finish points. The ball is not as lively.

“The players don’t get to control the conditions but if they did, I think Tsitsipas, given that he played so well in the heat and so quickly and efficiently against (Jannik) Sinner, would love to have those type of (hot) conditions for his ball to be even more offensive against this immense defence on the other side of the net.

“These conditions are tailor-made for Medvedev, given the fatigue he must have in his body.”

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Through four games, neither man was able to win a single point while returning; it took until 40-0 in the fifth game, when Medvedev got a very lucky net cord, for the receiver to get on the board.

Another net cord at 3-3 gave Medvedev a second point on Tsitsipas’ serve, but otherwise it went 34 points until a returner truly deserved a point.

“22 minutes for eight games in this semi-final – it’s been a sprint,” Courier said.

Then the script flipped as Medvedev earned three set points at 0-40 – an incredibly long rally proving crucial – before Tsitsipas managed to save all of them.

The Russian earned a fourth off a cross-court return that forced a Tsitsipas error, but a brutal first serve saved it for the Greek. In the end an eight and a half minute game saw him hold for 5-4.

Medvedev’s serve continued to be completely flawless; it took until 30-0 at 6-5 for Tsitsipas to finally win a point off it.

The Greek’s second point won off Medvedev’s serve for the match gave him a 2-0 lead in the tiebreak.

Medvedev got the mini-break back after a poor Tsitsipas volley allowed him to send home a passing shot for a winner at 4-4. After the pair held serve, Tsitsipas sent a forehand just wide, giving Medvedev the set 7-6(5).

Medvedev is 36-0 when winning the first set at hard court slams.

But after losing just two points on serve in the first set, Medvedev suddenly wobbled to open the second set, being broken by Tsitsipas for 1-0.

Medvedev came close to breaking back at 3-2, earning two break points at 15-40. Both were saved, but the Russian managed to earn two more – and his eighth break point of the night was the first he could convert.

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Just when Medvedev was rolling, he allowed Tsitsipas to break for 5-4, meaning the Greek was two-for-two on break points for the match.

Medvedev then exploded at the chair umpire during the change of ends, complaining that Tsitsipas was receiving on-court coaching from his coach (Tsitsipas’ father).

“Bro, are you mad? Are you mad? For what? His father can coach every point? Are you stupid?” Medvedev yelled.

“His father can talk every point? His father can talk every point? His father can talk every point? His father can talk every point? Repeat answer to my question.

“Will you answer my question. Will you answer my question? Can you answer my question? Can you answer my question, please? Can his father talk every point?”

The umpire replied: “Not coach,” but Medvedev then continued with “Oh my god. Oh my god, you are so bad, man. How can you be so bad in a semifinal of a Grand Slam? Look at me. I’m talking to you!”

Tsitsipas has already received two coaching violations this tournament for his dad getting involved, meaning Medvedev’s complaint isn’t without merit overall.

Medvedev saved two set points at 40-15, with Tsitsipas escaping a deserved time violation on the second but receiving one on the ensuing point. Yet it didn’t stop him from holding to take the second set 6-4.

After the set Medvedev asked the umpire if he speaks Greek and then called him “a small cat” for not giving a code violation.

Medvedev didn’t reset properly after the set, delivering “one of the worst double-faults you’ll ever see” per Lleyton Hewitt and gifting Tsitsipas two break points, though he saved both and went on to hold.

He seemed to recover with time, completing three consecutive holds to love as he raced to 5-4 with Tsitsipas still to serve.

With the set on the line Tsitsipas wobbled, giving the Russian three break points at 0-40, and Medvedev claimed the second of them for a 6-4 third set.

After both men held to open the fourth set Tsitsipas received a coaching violation following a “sting operation” per Jim Courier, with a Greek chair umpire placed under his coaching box to hear his dad making comments.

Two more break points for Medvedev at 2-1, 15-40 saw a poor unforced error from Tsitsipas gift an absolutely crucial break to his opponent.

“That was almost a capitulation in those last few points,” Courier said.

Tsitsipas was then broken for a second time – meaning he hadn’t won a game since the coaching warning – as Medvedev rolled towards the final.

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Men’s Semi-Final: [2] Daniil Medvedev (RUS) def [4] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 7-6(5) 4-6 6-4 6-1

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