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Australian Open | Medvedev and Tsitsipas will face each other in the semis

The expected semi-final clash between Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas is now on with the pair scheduled to meet on Friday after a day’s break having both negotiated their respective ways past tough quarter-final opponents.

I was not playing my best and Felix was playing unbelievable. He was all over me Daniil Medvedev

For a couple of hours or so though, it looked like the title favourite, the second seeded Medvedev, was actually on the way out as Canada Felix Auger Aliassime took control of the last quarter final at this year’s Australian Open before he rallied to win a classic four-hour and 42-minutes encounter 6-7(4) 3-6 7-6(2) 7-5 6-4 after saving a match point in the fourth set, to become the first player at this year’s event to recover from two sets to love down.

The relief at coming through to continue his campaign for a second major title following last year’s US Open triumph, was evident.

The 25-year-old Russian who became title favourite following the nine-time champion, Novak Djokovic’s dramatic deportation on the eve of the tournament.

Medvedev moves into the last four at Melbourne Park for the second-straight year after losing to the Serbian in the 2021 title match.

“I was not playing my best” Medvedev said after his marathon victory.

“I was not playing my best and Felix was playing unbelievable. He was all over me.

“I did not really know what to do so I was like … what Novak would do?

“You know that came to my mind because he is one of the greatest … and has won so many matches like this.”

But Medvedev will have to defy recent history to go all the way, with no men’s player having won the Australian Open after saving a match point since his compatriot Marat Safin back in 2005.

In contrast Auger-Aliassime, the world No.9, will be shattered by the result, but there can be no doubt that he will rectify the situation in the not too distant future being aged 21 and having now made the last eight in all three majors including Wimbledon.

Stefanos Tsitsipas dominated his quarter-final opponent

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Earlier in the day, Tsitsipas simply demolished another young player who has more than a bright future, Italy’s Jannick Sinner 6-3 6-4 6-2.

After surviving his fourth-round five-set match against Taylor Fritz, the Greek star looked much more comfortable with his game as he dominated the 20-year-old in a two-hour, one-sided contest.

Tsitsipas who has yet to win a major though he has made the French final where he lost to Djokovic in a five-setter after leading him two-sets to love, now seems to be peaking at the right time having undergone elbow surgery last November and seemingly playing against doctor’s orders!

“My doctor didn’t expect for me to participate at the Australian Open. It was not part of our plan to be playing in Australia, but I’ve proved him wrong,” Tsitsipas revealed.

“I’m pretty sure my doctor is watching right now – Frank has been sending me texts after every single game.

“Frank is a big tennis enthusiast and he’s worked with a lot of tennis players and I’m happy I’ve found the right person to bring me back stronger.”

He is certainly a more grounded person as he readily admits.

“You know when you’re dancing and when you’re doing well, you tend to glorify yourself, as if you are untouchable,” he told reporters.

“It is important, in that process, to remain on the ground and to remind yourself that you are a human being who is aiming for something great, and you’re headed towards that direction and you’re doing everything possible in order to achieve that greatness.

“Perfection doesn’t exist, but close to perfection (does), and that’s what I meant by that.”

Tsitsipas served exceptionally well, which enabled him to dictate a majority of points with his powerful forehand.

He also made his mark early in each set with a service break, converting all four opportunities on the Sinner serve while never troubled on his own delivery.

“I feel like I’m in the zone. I have no plans of getting out of it. It’s part of my game,” Tsitsipas said. “So far it has been the most consistent and the best match I’ve had in the tournament.”

Now Tsitsipas is hoping it will be third time lucky for him in an Australian Open semi-final in what could well prove to be the match of the championships.



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