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First set: Daniil Medvedev* 1-1 Stefanos Tsitsipas Coming to the net to pummel a forehand gives Medvedev a positive start to his service game. It gets better when Tsitsipas top edges a return into the stands. Tsitsipas is showing plenty of aggression but that could be the cause of hitting a shot half a yard long to give Medvedev game point, which he duly wins.
First set: Daniil Medvedev 0-1 Stefanos Tsitsipas* The Greek opens up the match, and a laid back rally ensues, ending with him sending one long. Things are evened up when Medvedev sends a very low backhand into the net. Tsitsipas closes out the opening game with some powerful strokes which Medvedev miscues.
Ready to rumble.
The players are walking out onto court. Tsitsipas in his usual bright yellow shirt and head band, while Medvedev is sporting a more traditional white outfit.
We have also been treated to an explainer of how a gyros is made at a Greek restaurant prior to this mouthwatering clash.
Marcos Baghdatis is being interviewed on Eurosport. Behind him is a painting of himself eating a tennis ball, which is my kind of art.
It’s another lovely day in Melbourne. The weather looks very similar to London … in a way.
Daniil Medvedev, who won the ATP Finals in London at the end of last year and went unbeaten through Russia’s ATP Cup triumph, needed treatment on his thigh after his quarter final. Will that impact him today?
He said: “I started cramping in my quad. I saw he was cramping also so I tried not to show it. But I couldn’t really move my left leg at the end.
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After Novak Djokovic showed he is back to some of his best form on Thursday against Aslan Karatsev, today’s victor will know a very difficult task lies ahead against a man who has won the tournament eight times.
Tsitsipas came through in an incredible five-setter, having been two sets down, to beat Rafa Nadal in the last round. If the Greek wants to give himself a chance in a final, he will be hoping to get things done and dusted without adding too many more miles to the his legs. He has already gone the full distance twice in Melbourne, but that was slightly balanced out by a walkover in the fourth round.