Saturday, January 29, 2022 – 00:00 WIB
VIVA – Daniil Medvedev will face Rafael Nadal for the Australian Open title on Sunday after winning over fourth-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals on Friday 28 January 2022.
The Russian world number two reached the final of the Australian Open for the second year in a row by beating Tsitsipas 7-6(5) 4-6 6-4 6-1.
If Medvedev beats Nadal, he will become the first person in the Open era to win his first two Grand Slam titles in a row after his victory in New York in September.
Medvedev thwarted Novak Djokovic’s attempt to break a Grand Slam record in the US Open final and will now try to stop Nadal from setting a new all-time record.
Medvedev lost his temper late in the second set against Tsitsipas, saying his rival was taking direction from his coach who is his father — against the rules.
“To be honest, I don’t think emotions help me too much,” Medvedev said.
“You lose concentration and a lot of energy. As soon as I did that, I (thought), ‘That was a big mistake’. I’m glad I (re)concentrated at the start of the third set.”