World No. 4 Danill Medvedev defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 on Friday (February 19) to advance into the final of the Australian Open. Medvedev will now face Novak Djokovic who defeated Aslan Karatsev 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday.
The match started evenly as both players won two games each before Medvedev won two continuous games to take control of the first set. This would be instrumental as the Greek would fail to recover handing Medvedev the first set.
In the second set, the Russian raced off to a 3-1 lead as Tsitsipas struggled against his opponent’s backhand. Medvedev was looking a class apart as he hit an ace to win the second set 6-2.
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The final set started in the same way as the previous set as the Russian raced off to a 3-1 lead on the back of some impressive backhands. However, Tsitsipas came back winning three back-to-back sets to propel himself into a lead. The next game saw some fine volleys as Medvedev won the game despite several poor shots.
After two games the score was at 5-5 and it was the Russian who won the next game and then secured the win with a viccious backhand to seal his place in the final.