‘Unlocked’ Medvedev a serious threat: Tsitsipas

‘Unlocked’ Medvedev a serious threat: Tsitsipas

By Lance Jenkinson

Stefanos Tsitsipas conceded he was beaten by the better man in Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open 2021 semi final at Rod Laver Arena on Friday night.

Tsitsipas, a 22-year-old from Greece, had nothing left to give, declaring he was physically and mentally drained after his heroic come-from-behind win over Rafael Nadal in the quarter finals two nights earlier.

Tsitsipas was the talk of Melbourne on Wednesday night, coming back from two sets down to chase down Nadal, but it was a victory that took its toll.

He was outgunned in all facets by Medvedev.

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Medvedev has set up a men’s singles final against Serbian Novak Djokovic, who holds a record eight Australian Open titles.

Djokovic is the master of the big dance at Melbourne Park, but Tsitsipas is not ruling out a Medvedev upset.

In fact, Tsitsipas believes the Russian is playing at a championship level.

“He’s a player who has unlocked pretty much everything in the game,” Tsitsipas said.

“He’s reading the game really well. He has this amazing serve, which I would describe close to John Isner’s serve. Has an amazing baseline, which makes it extremely difficult.”

Tsitsipas has plenty of time on his side.

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After two semi final appearances in Melbourne, he has a desire to go climb to the top of the mountain in Melbourne.

He relished his chance to compete in Australia and is sad to leave.

“I love it here,” Tsitsipas said.

“I feel like it’s home. I feel blessed when I’m playing here. People are beautiful and it’s a really nice place to play tennis.”

Tsitsipas played a huge part in making this tournament a special one amidst the pain and suffering of a pandemic.

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