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Australian Open: Medvedev gears up for final against Djokovic after dumping Tsitsipas


Daniil Medvedev secured a comfortable three-set win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open semifinals to set up a meeting with Novak Djokovic.

Tsitsipas who knocked out 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal two days ago fell to Medvedev by 6-4 6-2 7-5.

“It was my first Grand Slam final against one of the greatest,” Medvedev said in his on-court interview. “I’m going to come against one of the other greatest.”

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Speaking on his victory over the Greek star, the Rusian admitted he noticed Tsitsipas was fatigued and quickly capitalised on it.

“I saw that as soon as I was moving him around the court, it was not easy for him,” said Medvedev. “As soon as I saw it in the first set, that became my strategy straight away.”

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However, the Russian soon turned off and admitted after the match that the semifinal took its toll on him. “I got a little bit scared and tight because it’s a semifinal of a Slam,” said Medvedev.

But the Russian had the last laugh and will face world No. 1, Novak Djokovic in the final of the 2021 Australian Open on Sunday.

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Nicknamed the “Octopus” for the way he reels in opponents — the world No.4 celebrated his 25th birthday last week with a blue octopus cake.