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Australian Open: Daniil Medvedev blows away Stefanos Tsitsipas to set up final with Novak Djokovic

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Daniil Medvedev stormed to a place in Sunday’s Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic after crushing Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets.

The Russian is on a 20-match winning streak taking in the Paris Masters, ATP Finals and ATP Cup and swept to a 6-4 6-2 7-5 victory in two hours and nine minutes at Melbourne Park.

Tsitsipas pulled off the result of the tournament by coming from two sets down to defeat Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals on Wednesday but the efforts of that and the metronomic excellence of his opponent combined to make this a one-sided match barring a late rally from the fifth seed.  

Daniil Medvedev crushed Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets to progress to Australian Open final

Daniil Medvedev crushed Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets to progress to Australian Open final

The 22-year-old tried in vein to stage a comeback in the final set but was outclassed in the end

The 22-year-old tried in vein to stage a comeback in the final set but was outclassed in the end

Speaking on court, Medvedev said: ‘(It was) definitely not easy. (Tsitsipas’) match with Rafa was kind of the same score in the first two sets, third set Rafa was dominating so I got a little bit scared and tight because it’s the semi-final of a slam.

‘For us it’s not the 50th like for Novak or Roger (Federer) so it was not easy but I’m happy I managed to turn my game on, especially in some tough moments on my serve and really happy to be in the final.’

MedvedSunday's final with Novak Djokovic

Medvedev, who had to dig deep to take last set, will now face Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final

The win over Rafael Nadal's conqueror Tsitsipas marked the in-form Russian's 20th in a row

The win over Rafael Nadal’s conqueror Tsitsipas marked the in-form Russian’s 20th in a row

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This post was first published on DailyMail.

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