On an evening when words more than his unorthodox fare was the disruptor, Daniil Medvedev introduced himself as the spoiler. The world No.2 drew a parallel between the US Open final in September and the Australian Open’s championship match on Sunday.
“I’m going to play again someone who’s going for his 21st Grand Slam,” said Medvedev, who ruined Novak Djokovic’s calendar Grand Slam bid in New York. “Last time Rafa was watching on TV and I think this time Novak will be watching this one.”
With that the Russian’s count of sneaky winners for the evening could be rounded off at 40.
Medvedev came up with the goods when he had to against the crowd-favorite Stefanos Tsitsipas to wrap up the last-four engagement in four sets 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. Nadal came through his semifinal against Italian Matteo Berrettini in impressive fashion, clinching the clash of generations, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. The 35-year-old started well and was in control for the most part of the near three-hour exchange played under the roof.
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