Australian Open: He became Daniil Medvedev for three sets in a row – Tsitsipas praises Russian star
Daniil Medvedev was praised by Stefanos Tsitsipas after their Australian Open semi-final.
Stefanos Tsitsipas paid tribute to Daniil Medvedev for his performance in their Australian Open semi-final on Friday.
Medvedev set up a clash against Novak Djokovic in the decider in Melbourne after producing an impressive performance in a 6-4 6-2 7-5 victory over Tsitsipas.
The Russian fourth seed became the 25th man in the Open Era to record a Tour-level winning streak of 20 as he continued his incredible form.
Tsitsipas, who has lost six of seven meetings with Medvedev, credited the 2019 US Open runner-up for his display.
“Everyone saw what just happened out there. I’m the last person you should be asking this,” the Greek fifth seed told a news conference.
“I was just focused on my game, and he put out his show. He became Daniil Medvedev for three sets in a row.”
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Medvedev hammered 46 winners to go with just 21 unforced errors, while dropping serve just once.
He will be aiming for his maiden grand slam title when he faces Djokovic, a player he has beaten in three of their previous four meetings.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see Daniil win the tournament. But, you know, it’s a strange scenario,” Tsitsipas said.
“I played Rafa [Nadal] here two years ago. I found his performance against me that day phenomenal. I was 100 per cent sure he was gonna win the tournament. And I ended up being wrong.
“Who knows? I don’t know. Like, Djokovic is playing well too. Look, I’m not a betting website. I don’t know what to say. Might be Medvedev, would be good for him, good for tennis.”