'Absolute machine': Ruthless Medvedev leaves tennis world in a frenzy

Andrew Reid
·5-min read
Seen here, Daniil Medvedev celebrates making his first Australian Open final.
Daniil Medvedev beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in straights sets to book a place in his first Australian Open final. Pic: AAP

Daniil Medvedev has extended his stunning winning streak to storm into the final of the Australian Open on Friday night.

The Russian fourth seed set up a showdown with Novak Djokovic in the decider after a comprehensive straight sets win against Stefanos Tsitsipas on Rod Laver Arena.

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The 6-4 6-2 7-5 win was the 20th straight victory for Medvedev, who booked his spot in a first Australian Open final in style.

At one point in the early stages of the match, the Russian was subjected to loud booing from the crowd inside the stadium after questioning a serve of his opponent's that has marginally landed in.

Medvedev often revels in matches where he's not the apparent crowd favourite and so it proved on Friday night.

He struck the first decisive blow in the match after capitalising off his second break point in the fifth game.

The Russian and his Greek opponent engaged in several gruelling baseline rallies but invariably it was the ever-consistent Medvedev that came out on top.

Tsitsipas rarely threatened to cause trouble on Medvedev's serve but he fended off two set points in the 10th game of the opener to leave the Russian sweating.

The fourth seed squandered another set point chance with a rare double fault, before finally sealing the first set with a booming ace.

Tsitsipas tried to go toe-to-toe with Medvedev at the start of the third but the his opponent was a picture of relentless consistency.

The Greek star came out on top during one of their many epic baseline rallies but Medvedev had his foot on the throat of Tsitsipas when he broke the fifth seed in the opening game of the third.

The 25-year-old then served out his fifth love service game of the match to leave Tstisipas with a mountain to climb.

Tsitsipas did join rare company after coming back from two sets down to topple Rafael Nadal in an Australian Open quarter-final for the ages.

However, Friday night's showdown offered few glimmers of hope that the fifth seed could emulate those heroics.

Pictured here, Stefanos Tsitsipas looks glum during his Australian Open semi-final defeat.
Stefanos Tsitsipas couldn't emulate his epic comeback from the quarter-final. Pic: Getty

The World No.6 wasn't going down without a fight though and he staved off two break points before clinching a pulsating fifth game.

The crowd inside Rod Laver Arena let out an enormous roar in an attempt to spur on the Greek player and the noise intensified when he set up two break points the following game.

Tsitsipas dug deep and managed to take the second break point chance to get back on level terms at 3-3.

Suddenly, the odd error was creeping into Medvedev's game and his opponent - riding a wave of momentum - took the opportunity to capitalise.

The fifth seed finally edged ahead in the set to see his army of supporters rise off their seats in excitement.

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At 0-30 down in the 10th game, Medvedev clawed his way back to hold serve, before setting up three break points in the following game.

Tsitsipas saved one of those but Medvedev produced the shot of the match - a miraculous backhand passing winner - to set up a chance to serve for the match.

The Russian made no mistake as he set up a mouthwatering match-up with eight-time champion Djokovic in the final.

Medvedev's phenomenal performance left tennis fans in awe on social media.

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