Tsitsipas vs Medvedev LIVE: Australian Open semi-final updates after Rafael Nadal win


Medvedev reflects on “what Novak would do” to inspire Auger-Aliassime comeback

Follow live updates from the Australian Open men’s semi-finals as Daniil Medvedev battles Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in Sunday’s final against Rafael Nadal.

Medvedev is aiming to reach his second consecutive Grand Slam final following his victory at the US Open in September. The Russian fought back from straight sets and down one match point to defeat Felix Auger-Aliassime, revealing later that Djokovic’s inspiration had helped him turn the match around. Tsitsipas, a finalist at last year’s French Open, produced his best performance of the tournament in the quarterfinals to sweep the in-form Jannik Sinner in straight sets. The Greek is 2-6 against Medvedev, including a straight-set loss to the Russian in the Australian Open semifinals last season.

Nadal stayed on track to win a record 21 men’s Grand Slam titles on Friday when he defeated Matteo Berrettini in four sets. It was heralded as a tough match for the 35-year-old, but his victory was a resounding one and marks his first appearance in a final at a major since winning the French Open in 2020.

Follow the live updates and scores of the semi-final matches:


Australian Open 2022: Medvedev’s five-set epic to reach the semis

If you missed Daniil Medvedev’s epic five-set quarterfinal against Felix Auger-Aliassime, you should have plenty of time to watch the highlights.

tom kershaw28 January 2022 07:35


Australian Open 2022: Nadal revels in atmosphere at Rod Laver Arena

“Well, as everyone knows, I’m more of an outdoor player than an indoor player. But yeah, I think the stadium looks amazing this closed with the amazing crowd that makes it even more noisy, I really enjoy the atmosphere. I can’t complain at all. I knew before the game that the roof would be closed. You know what, a month and a half I didn’t know if I was going to play tennis. It doesn’t matter whether it’s outdoors or indoors today. I just wanted to play and give my best.”

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tom kershaw28 January 2022 07:21


Australian Open 2022: Nadal beats Berrettini

welcome to the independentLive coverage of the Australian Open at the start of the second men’s semi-final in Melbourne.

If you are just waking up, Rafael Nadal is already in the final after defeating Matteo Berrettini in four sets. The win brings the 35-year-old Spaniard within striking distance of a record 21st men’s Grand Slam.

He will face either Daniil Medvedev or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final on Sunday, with the pair’s match kicking off shortly at Rod Laver Arena.

Nadal holds off Berrettini’s comeback to reach the final

Rafael Nadal withstood a comeback from Matteo Berrettini to reach his sixth Australian Open final.

Having overcome a five-set contest with Denis Shapovalov in the quarter-finals, there were questions about how well Nadal would have recovered.

Playing indoors at Rod Laver Arena as thunder rumbled in Melbourne, the Spaniard was in complete control through two sets and recovered from losing the third to claim a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6- 3.

Nadal, who feared a foot problem last year would end his career, is now just one match away from becoming the first man to win a 21st Grand Slam singles title.

The 35-year-old, whose only Australian Open title came in 2009, said: “I started the match playing very well, the first two sets have been one of the best for a long time.

“So we have to suffer and we have to fight. That is the only way to be where I am today. It means a lot to me to be in the final here again.”

Seventh seed Berrettini started nervously in his third Grand Slam semi-final and found his weaker backhand mercilessly exploited by Nadal, who seemed to be sailing towards the final.

Berrettini, the beaten finalist at Wimbledon last year, failed to press or force his opponent out of his comfort zone through two sets, but things slowly began to change in the third.

The Italian had played Nadal once before, at the US Open in 2019, and had not created a break point. He finally did it in the eighth game of his sixth set.

Berrettini has one of the best forehands in the game and a memorable running pass helped him to 0-40 before securing the break with another winner.

Nadal had been dominant against Shapovalov in straight sets before things got extremely messy, with the sixth seed looking significantly less physically strong at the start of the fourth.

He dug deep to stay on terms and, when he sensed an opportunity on Berrettini’s serve, pounced, the Italian saving a break point at 3-4 after the match exchange only to blast a forehand into the net in the second. .

Berrettini has yet to beat a top 10 opponent in a slam, and the 25-year-old clearly has areas of his game to work on, but this was Nadal’s day.

tom kershaw28 January 2022 07:07


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