Stefanos Tsitsipas says he can see Daniil Medvedev winning the Australian Open after a supreme performance by the Russian in their semi-final.
Medvedev was dominant throughout, surviving a small blip in the third set to close out a 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 win on Rod Laver Arena.
Tsitsipas looked a shadow of the player we saw in the final three sets against Rafael Nadal earlier this week, but he was keen to credit his opponent.
“I can see Medvedev winning the tournament,” Tsitsipas told the press.
“On the other hand, two years ago when Rafa beat me, I was sure that he was going to win.
“Again, could be Medvedev, it would be good for tennis.
“Everyone saw what just happened. He put up a show, he became Daniil Medvedev for three sets.
Tsitsipas produced an amazing comeback against Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinal, but he believes he was never likely to reproduce that again so soon.
“It didn’t really matter,” Tsitsipas said of his brief third set rally.
“I don’t think I would have had the energy to last, it was all in the first two sets.”
Medvedev now advances into his second career Grand Slam final, where he will meet world number one Novak Djokovic.
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