Australian Open 2022, Daniil Medvedev defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas, result, match report, score, semi-final, blog, video, feud, tennis news
Daniil Medvedev is in his first Australian Open final after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas and his own emotions on Friday night.
For the second time in a row, it will be Medvedev who will try to prevent a man from playing for his 21st Grand Slam title, as he takes on Rafael Nadal on Sunday.
Medvedev collapsed at the end of the second set, fuming at the chair umpire about Tsitsipas’ father delivering a mid-match practice – for which the Greek later received a violation – but managed to recover after a brief stumble in the third set.
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The Russian was dominant on serve, and when Tsitsipas stumbled in 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 reach the Slam final directly after winning his first major title.
Medvedev won the US Open last year, knocking Novak Djokovic off the Grand Slam schedule in the process.
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Medvedev was both booed and siuuuu on his way to the Rod Laver Arena with the crowd, with much of Melbourne’s Greek community clearly on Tsitsipas’ side.
They were thrilled when the No. 4 seed held on to love to open the game.
Nine’s Jim Courier suggested the closed roof and cooler conditions would help Medvedev.
“They (the conditions) are so different from what they have experienced in their last four games. It was so hot coming up. Even the night games it was hot and the ball was traveling fast. It was very hard physically for them,” he explained.
“It’s closed tonight. Air-conditioned. Very comfortable, no wind. And what it does, even if it’s still so wet, it’s hard to finish points. The ball is not as lively.
“The players don’t control the conditions, but if they did, I think Tsitsipas, given that he played so well in the heat and so quickly and effectively against (Jannik) Sinner, would like to have that type of ( hot) conditions for his ball to be even more offensive against this huge defense on the other side of the net.
“These conditions are tailor-made for Medvedev, considering the fatigue he must have in his body.”
In four games, neither man could earn a single point coming back; it took until 40-0 in Game 5, when Medvedev got a very lucky net cord, for the receiver to get on the board.
Another clean cord at 3-3 gave Medvedev a second point on Tsitsipas’ serve, but otherwise he scored 34 points until a returner truly earned a point.
“22 minutes for eight games in this semi-final – it was a sprint,” Courier said.
Then the script changed as Medvedev won three set points at 0-40 – an incredibly long rally that proved to be crucial – before Tsitsipas managed to save them all.
The Russian got a fourth on a cross return that forced an error from Tsitsipas, but a brutal first serve saved it for the Greek. In the end, an eight and a half minute game saw him hold 5-4.
Medvedev’s service continued to be completely impeccable; it took 30-0 to 6-5 for Tsitsipas to finally win a point.
The Greek’s second point earned on Medvedev’s serve for the match gave him a 2-0 lead at the tie-break.
Medvedev clawed back the mini-break after a poor volley from Tsitsipas allowed him to send in 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 he won the first set in hard court slams.
But after dropping just two points on serve in the first set, Medvedev suddenly faltered to open the second set, being beaten by Tsitsipas for 1-0.
Medvedev nearly came 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.
Just as Medvedev rolled in, he allowed Tsitsipas to break for 5-4, meaning the Greek was two-for-two on break points for the game.
Medvedev then exploded at the chair umpire during the switchover, complaining that Tsitsipas was receiving on-court coaching from his coach (Tsitsipas’ father).
“Brother, are you crazy? Are you mad? Why? His dad can coach every point? Are you stupid?” shouted Medvedev.
“His father can talk about all the points?” His father can talk about all the points? His father can talk about all the points? His father can talk about all the points? Repeat the answer to my question.
“Will you answer my question. Are you going to answer my question? Could you answer my question? Can you answer my question, please? Can his father talk about all the points?
The referee replied, “Not a coach,” but Medvedev then continued with, “Oh my god. Oh my god, you’re so bad, man. How can you be so bad in a Grand Slam semi-final? Look at me. I’m talking to you!”
Tsitsipas has already received two training violations this tournament for his father to get involved, which means Medvedev’s complaint is not without merit overall.
Medvedev saved two set points at 40-15, Tsitsipas escaping a deserved time violation on the second but receiving one on the next point. Still, that didn’t stop him from holding on to win the second set 6-4.
After the set, Medvedev asked the referee if he spoke Greek, then called him a “little cat” for not breaking the code.
Medvedev failed to reset properly after the set, delivering ‘one of the worst double faults you’ve ever seen’ according to Lleyton Hewitt and handing Tsitsipas two break points, although he saved both and continued to hold.
He appeared to recover over time, completing three straight takes to love as he ran 5-4 with Tsitsipas still to serve.
With the set on the line, Tsitsipas faltered, giving the Russian three break points at 0-40, and Medvedev won the second of them for a 6-4 third set.
After both men were held off to open the fourth set, Tsitsipas received a practice violation following a ‘sting operation’ by Jim Courier, with a Greek chair umpire placed under his practice box to hear his father make comments.
Two more break points for Medvedev at 2-1, 15-40 saw a nasty unforced error from Tsitsipas provide an absolutely crucial break for his opponent.
“It was almost a capitulation in those last points,” Courier said.
Tsitsipas was then beaten for the second time – meaning he hadn’t won a game since the coach’s warning – as Medvedev headed to the final.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2022 – Night 12 – Order of play and results
Evening session from 7:30 p.m.
Men’s semi-final:  Daniil Medvedev (RUS) defeats  Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 7-6(5) 4-6 6-4 6-1
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