2021 Australian Open: Medvedev and Tsitsipas Chase a Grand Slam Final
how to see: The match airs on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN + on Friday at 3:30 PM Eastern Time.
The Australian Open is the only Grand Slam event to split their semi-finals by a single singles draw, putting their second men’s singles semifinal alone in a Friday night session each year. This is the only time a match other than the final gets such a performance in the Grand Slam calendar, and this time the spotlight will be on two young stars: fourth-seeded Daniel Medvedev, a 25-year-old Russian, and fifth-seed Stefanos Tsitipas, A 22-year-old Greek.
The world’s No.1 ranking, having won the previous two titles in Melbourne, is the highest-ever match between two men of each generation to advance to the final of their first Australian Open against Novak Djokovic. Djokovic reached the final on Thursday night by defeating Aslan Karatsev 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the semi-finals.
Medvedev is on a hot streak.
There is no male player in better form than Daniel Medvedev. He won the Paris Indorse Masters and ATP Finals in November last month and the ATP Cup in Melbourne earlier this month. He has won 19 consecutive matches on that run, 11 of which were against top-10 opponents.
Medvedev looked particularly formidable against Russia’s Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals. Rublev, a seventh-seeded, 23-year-old, is an incredibly aggressive player who won a tour-leading five titles last year, but he struggled to find any openings in the firm defense of Medvedev, and went straight into the heat. Lost in sets.
Medvedev would also be comfortable in the matchup against Sitsippus, having won five of his six matches. He lost his most recent meeting, however, en route to his most coveted title with Tsitsipas prevailing in the round-robin stages of the 2019 ATP Finals.
“He just played a very smart role and surprises you,” Tsytipas said of Medvedev on Thursday. “He’s someone I really need to be careful with and just take my chances and press on.”
The end of their first match ‘felt like an MMA fight’.
The rivalry between Medvedev and Tsitsipus had begun or had also broken into the top 40 of the ATP rankings. Their first match against each other ended in the first round of the 2018 Miami Open, with Medvedev, opposing WhatsApp and challenging him after winning in three sets.
in An interview last month, Tsitsipas discussed the change.
“It felt so wrong, the atmosphere overall,” Tsitsipas said. “It wasn’t related to tennis, of course, let me tell you that. It felt like a MMA fight. We’re playing tennis there; we’re not there to fight each other. He was provoking me back – How I felt, maybe I’m wrong – but I didn’t want to continue from there. He was trying to contact me; I wasn’t in it. I wasn’t there to fight, I went there to play tennis . This is the last thing I want when I enter court. “
Tsitsipas said he did not discuss the incident with Medvedev, but recently the tension between the two had subsided.
“I saw him waving at me the other day, which was good,” Tsitipas said with a small laugh. “It breaks the ice.”
Tsitsipas’ walk does not mean that he is resting well.
Despite advancing through a walkover in the fourth round, Tsitsipas stayed on the court for over an hour and 32 minutes and Medvedev advanced to the semi-finals against Thanasi Kokkinakis after playing a five-set match in the second round and with Rafael Nadal In the quarter-finals against.
Tsiptus said after his win over Nadal, “I have a chance to play for a long time, the court feels that I can understand the environment I’m in.” “On the other hand, yes, well, I’ve spent a little more time on the court, putting my body on more stress and harder tasks to complete.”
Tsitsipas said he felt he was in a very good position.
“I think I have realized with experience how I have to conserve my energy and when I have to work hard in the match,” he said.
Medvedev has been more efficient, but had a crush with his straight-set win over Rublev on Wednesday. He asked the trainer to massage his quadriceps after the match point.
How will the match against Djokovic in the final?
While both players will be the underdogs against Djokovic, who are 8–0 in the final of the Australian Open, Medvedev and Tsitsipas believe they can be competitive.
Medvedev, who pushed Nadal to five sets in his singles Grand Slam final at the 2019 United State Open, has won three of his last four matches against Djokovic, including his most recent meeting in the ATP final in November.
Tsitipas, who played in his first Grand Slam final, is playing 2–4 against Djokovic, but nearly finished his record against him at the French Open last October: Tsitsipas edged his semifinal from two sets to fifth Forced before finally giving up. Set 6-1 after a leg injury.