Tsitsipas: Medvedev, who serves on an isner-like degree
By Richard Pagliaro
A stripe Daniil Medvedev continues to serve misery top 10 opponents – and Stefanos Tsitsipas says his dominant delivery has reached new heights.
The champion of the ATP final, Medvedev, defeated Tsitsipas for the sixth time in seven games 6: 4, 6: 2, 7: 5 and thus reached his first Australian Open final.
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In an outstanding service, Medvedev cracked 17 aces – 14 more than his opponent – and won 88 percent of his points on first serve, stamped five love handles and saved two out of three breakpoints in an impressive two hours and nine minute win.
It was Medvedev's 20th straight win and 12th straight win over the top 10.
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Tsitsipas says the 6 & # 39; 6 "Russian's serve is so imposing that it's now at John Isner level.
"Let me tell you that he's a player who has pretty much unlocked everything in the game," Tsitsipas told the Melbourne media. "It's like he reads the game really well. He has this amazing serve that I would describe in the vicinity of John Isner's serve.
"And then he has an amazing baseline that makes it extremely difficult. Even if you give the serve back, you can't guarantee that you will win the point. You have to work really hard for it. It's difficult …
"He's cheating on you. You know, he's playing the game really smart. It's really interesting to see that."
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The fourth-placed Medvedev lost only two sets in six tournament wins and reached the final on Sunday against eight-time AO champion Novak Djokovic.
Medvedev rolled through Andrey Rublev, who led the ATP with five titles in 2020, and Tsitsipas to make his second career final.
The best-filled Djokovic scored the top 100 aces of the tournament, while Medvedev leads the tournament with 35 breaks.
Tsitsipas suggests the final is a real mistake.
"I wouldn't be surprised if Daniil won the tournament," said Tsitsipas. "But you know, it's a strange scenario. I played Rafa here two years ago. I thought his performance against me that day was phenomenal. I was 100% sure that he would win the tournament. And I did I was wrong.
"Who knows? I don't know. Djokovic plays well too. Look, I'm not a betting website. I don't know what to say. Could Medvedev be, would be good for him, good for tennis."
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