'I was 100% sure Rafael Nadal was gonna win...', says Top 10



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'I was 100% sure Rafael Nadal was gonna win...', says Top 10

The third chance to play a Grand Slam final was also blurred, Stefanos Tsitsipas analyzed with clarity the game lost in three sets against Daniil Medvedev. For the second time he lost quite sharply a Grand Slam semifinal in Melbourne: two years ago he reached his first major result in the Majors by beating Roger Federer in the quarters, but Rafael Nadal dominated him in the penultimate act.

The 2021 edition has reshuffled the cards: Tsitsipas took revenge on the Majorcan in the quarters, but arrived with the reserve light on in the semifinal against Daniil Medvedev. Medvedev has been unbeaten in 20 games and needs a match at the limits of perfection to be able to fold him.

The Greek could only sketch a comeback in the middle of the third set, but how many chances did he have of winning the match? Not many, he admitted himself: “That part of the match doesn't count. Even if I had played well, I don't think I would have had the energy to return to the match.

I concentrated them all in the first two sets. It is a shame to lose another semi-final. Everyone dreams of winning a Grand Slam, but you don't think about it until all your dreams come closer and closer to reality. I don't know if it's the same for him (Medvedev, ed), but I'm happy with my level now.

I have shown that I can beat these players. But as Stan says: “I tried, I failed. Fail again. Fail better."

Tsitsipas on the Australian Open final

Stefanos Tsitsipas added: "I wouldn't be surprised to see Daniil Medvedev win the tournament.

But, you know, it's a strange scenario. I played Rafael Nadal here two years ago. I found his performance against me that day phenomenal. I was 100% sure he was gonna win the tournament. And I ended up being wrong. 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." The stakes for the finale are already very high and fans are eagerly waiting for it.

While Djokovic hasn’t lost a single Australian Open final, Medvedev is currently on a 20-match winning streak. Will Medvedev be able to win his maiden Grand Slam title or will Djoker inch closer towards Rafa and Roger Federer’s Grand Slam tally?