Act Two: Daniel Medvedev * 6-4 1-1 Stefanos Tsitsips Medvedev remains frustrated as the shot goes out of millimeters but he recovers with an ace. The Russian hits the exact same point on the wrong side of the line for the second time in the game but returns at 30:30.
Act II: Daniel Medvedev 6-4 0-1 Stefanos Tsitsipas * Every point of Tsitsipas is encouraged by a crowd of Greeks, while every shot of Medvedev earns an adult. Citsisas shatters into space raising the score to 30-15. A Greek back hand drifts only sideways, unfortunately, to straighten things out. He reaches a point of play with a gentle push into the net that Medvedev cannot respond to. A formidable palm flew wide to take us to Doss. Tsitsips gains an advantage because Medvedev sends a particularly long return and as a page on the net allows the Greeks to hold.
Medvedev wins first place
Act One: Daniel Medvedev * 6-4 Stefanos Tsitsips As he serves up the set, Medvedev starts with an ace in the middle, but things level up following a loose handshake that was sent out for a long time. A quick rally ends with Tsitsipas sending the ball into the net from the base. We are taken to dos when Medvedev picks up a very high and wide shot. He does gain the advantage but throws it in double guilt. Ace returns it to one square and it closes with a fine serve in the middle.
Act One: Daniel Medvedev 5-4 Stefanos Tsitsipas * Back lands a really long time from Medvedev to set 30-15, but the game’s first double fault rectifies the situation. Cicisas will be very disappointed by this. Tsitsisas forces Medvedev to make several trips along the baseline before the Russian sends a long ride. Tsitsipas puts all his efforts into the back hand, only to see it fly wide to get us to Dos. The advantage comes to Tsitsipas when he raises his hand back to an open field. Powerful serving returns a long time to give the fries some hope of turning this array.
Act One: Daniel Medvedev * 5-3 Stefanos Tsitsips The result reaches 15-15 when Tsitsipas stretches to return a serve but only manages to control the ball to the ground. An ace in the middle makes it 40-15, but then he hits long in advance to give the chips an opening. Medvedev corrected his mistake, however, with a rift penetrating the corner not to give the Greeks any chance and win the game.
Act One: Daniel Medvedev 4-3 Stefanos Tsitsisas * He may have struggled the last two games, but, amplifying the crowd noise, Zippyz flashes in front of a hand over Medvedev to start it off in a positive tone. Unfortunately, then he sends pings back hand. The Greek diaspora in Melbourne makes great cheers as Tsitsipas takes the next two points. A bigger roar arises when Medvedev throws a back width to end the game.
Act One: Daniel Medvedev * 4-2 Stefanos Tsitsips I think Tsitsipas was torn from losing his serve. The Russian is error-free while the Greek gives the starting point of the game with a weak backhand towards width, followed by a long one. Medvedev completes the grip with a wonderful ace in the middle.
Act One: Daniel Medvedev 3-2 Stefanos Tsitsipas * Tsitsips sends a powerful serve in the middle of it Medvedev can only gain an advantage to make it 30-0. Tsitsips allows Medvedev to come back with a few errors, the second back disappointing that goes well. Medvedev then gets the first break point in the game, but a fine serve from Tsitsipas is pulled into the net to score. Medvedev wants to put Tsitsipas on his back hand, with the Russian advantage gaining thanks to a nice shot from the base to an open field. The break was completed when the Greek sent a long one.
Act One: Daniel Medvedev * 2-2 Stefanos Tsitsips A handsome valley between the two sees the two players walking around the field with grace, ending in a fierce caband into Medvedev’s space. The Russian’s confidence grows as he wins the game for love.
Act One: Daniel Medvedev 1-2 Stefanos Tsitsipas * The Greek comes to the net to beat the winner after pushing Medvedev to his back hand at the back of the pitch. Medvedev moves around the baseline efficiently, leaving his stroke play a bit. The game ends when Medvedev returns a serve to the net.
Act One: Daniel Medvedev * 1-1 Stefanos Tsitsips Getting to the net to knock on the front gives Medvedev a positive start to his service game. It gets better when Tsitsipas at the top ends back to the stands. Tsitsips show great aggression but this can be the cause of a half-yard long shot to give Medvedev the point of play, which he legally wins.
Act One: Daniel Medvedev 0-1 Stefanos Tsitsips * The Greek opens the game, and a relaxed rally takes place that ends with him sending a long. Things are compared when Medvedev sends a very low back to the net. Tsitsipas closes the opening game with a few loud beats that Medvedev is misleading.
The players leave the field. Tsitsipas in his usual bright yellow shirt and headband, while Medvedev wears a more traditional white outfit.
We also dealt with an explanation of how to make gyros in a Greek restaurant before the stunning collision.
Marcus Baghdatis is interviewed by Eurosport. Behind him is a painting of him eating a tennis ball, which is my kind of art.
This is another lovely day in Melbourne. The weather looks very similar to London … in a sense.
Daniel Medvedev, who won the ATP final in London at the end of last year and was left undefeated in the Russian ATP Cup, needed hip treatment after his quarter-final. Will it affect him today?
He said: “I started shrinking in my square quarter. I saw it also shrink so I tried not to show it. But I could not really move my left leg at the end.
“It was super tough, we had some unbelievable rallies. I think I’m one of the first players to massage Andrei on the pitch so I’m pretty happy about that.
“Playing my friend? It’s never easy but we’re all very competitive. It was one of the best games I played recently. Winning it in three sets without a tiebreaker, I’m very happy about that.
After Novak Djokovic showed he was back in some of his best form on Thursday against Aslan Kratsev, today’s winner will know that a very difficult task lies ahead for a man who has won the tournament eight times.
Tsitsipas went through an incredible five, after two sets, to beat Rafa Nadal in the final round. If the Greek wants to give himself a chance in the final, he will hope to do things and dust off without adding any more miles to his feet. He had already covered the full distance twice in Melbourne, but it was slightly balanced by passing in the fourth round.
Medvedev is making his way to the penultimate stage, only needing more than three sets in one chance to get this far, and has proven the form he is, making the Russian a favorite for it. This is supposed to be a blasting clash anyway.
Let’s hope to crack!