Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has acknowledged that he wouldn't be surprised to see world No. 4 Daniil Medvedev win it all at the Australian Open. Medvedev, seeded at No. 4, handed a straight-set defeat to Tsitsipas 6-4 6-2 7-5 to reach his maiden Australian Open final.
Medvedev, who ended runner-up to Rafael Nadal in the 2019 US Open final, will be battling against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic for his maiden Grand Slam crown. "I wouldn't be surprised to see Daniil win the tournament.
But it's a strange scenario. I played Rafa here 2 years ago. I found his performance against me phenomenal. I was 100% sure he was gonna win the tournament. And I ended up being wrong," Tsitsipas said ahead of the final, per George Bellshaw.
Tsitsipas acknowledges Djokovic is also playing great
On Thursday, Djokovic handed a straight-set defeat to safely progress into his ninth Australian Open final. "Who knows? I don't know. Like, Djokovic is playing well too.
Look, I'm not a betting website. I don't know what to say. Might be Medvedev, would be good for him, good for tennis," Tsitsipas said. Medvedev claimed the first break of the match in the fifth game and then converted his fourth set point in the 10th game to win the opener.
Medvedev had a much easier job in the second set as he broke Tsitsipas twice to take a two-set lead. Medvedev blew an early 3-1 third-set lead but kept his focus as he broke Tsitsipas in the 11th game, before serving out for the match a game later.
It was a great match to win in straight sets, especially with a tough third one,” Medvedev said after beating Tsitsipas to make the Australian Open final. “It is a great achievement, second Grand Slam final. Only positives to take from this match."