The second place in the final of Australian Open is filled! In a duel lasting 4 hours and 22 minutes, Daniil Medvedev beat Alexander Zverev by 3 sets to 2 and is in the decision of the first Grand Slam of the season.
Now, having tried for the unprecedented title, Medvedev will face Jannik Sinner, who dispatched Novak Djokovic in the other semi-final. The match is scheduled for 5:30 am (Brasília time) this coming Sunday (28) and will have live broadcast on ESPN on Star+.
This will be the third time that the Russian will compete in the happy slam final. In 2021, the number three in the ATP rankings was defeated by Djokovic and, in 2022, he ended up losing to Rafael Nadal.
The first set was a real rollercoaster for both players. Zverev started the match much more connected. Thus, the German managed two breaks and opened 4 games to 1. However, the Russian knew how to recover, took advantage of his opponent’s mistakes and tied the set at 5 to 5.
With the game already well balanced, with great rallies on each point, Zverev scored two sensational points to confirm serve and close the set at 7-5.
The second set, despite starting well balanced, was soon ‘dominated’ by the number six in the world. Zverev managed to break the Russian twice and closed at 6-3.
The balance returned in the third set. Medvedev even had chances to break his rival’s serve, but he was unable to be effective. So, the tennis players went to the tie-break. And it was at that moment that the Russian shined. He managed to beat the mini-breaks and closed 7-4.
Unlike the others, the fourth set did not have major rallies and still featured many unforced errors. However, both players maintained their serves and the decision went to a tie-break again. And, once again, Medvedev shone, managed to grow in the acute moment, closed at 7-5 and tied the match.
In the last set, even with a lot of equality, the number three in the world managed a break in the fifth game and took the lead of the game. So, with another break, he closed the set 6-3 and qualified for the final.
Now, Medvedev will face Sinner in the decision. And the Russian has a favorable record. In total, there are six wins for the former world number one and three defeats. However, in the last three meetings, the Italian came away with the victory.
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