Medvedev vs Tsitsipas Prediction | Stats | H2H: Australian Open 2021 Semi-Finals

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It is a scintillating showdown between two highly-talented youngsters as the fourth seed Daniil Medvedev takes on fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

Daniil Medvedev did not face any trouble ousting his compatriot, Andrey Rublev 7-5 6-3 6-2 in the quarterfinals. The Russian smashed 14 aces and clinched 80% of his first-serve points. He will be playing his first-ever semifinal at the Australian Open. 

"To win this match in three sets, especially with how physical it was, was an amazing level from me, I am really happy about it, we had some unbelievable rallies, I think the match was high quality," reflected Medvedev after his impressive win against Rublev.

On the other hand, Stefanos Tsitsipas made a spectacular comeback to stun second seed, Rafael Nadal, in five sets in the quarters. Down by two sets against the Spaniard, he was on the brink of defeat but summoned all his weapons to have the last laugh. In the three sets that he won in a row, he smashed 36 winners and committed 18 unforced errors

He had a field day with his serve hitting 17 aces, not committing any double faults, and claimed 79% of his first-serve points. He became only the third player to defeat Nadal in a five-set match after trailing by two sets after Roger Federer and Fabio Fognini. It was also his first-ever victory on hard courts against Nadal. 

His walkover against Matteo Berrettini who pulled out due to an abdominal injury in the fourth round of the tournament indirectly helped Tsitsipas as he used all his energy to down Nadal in the quarters. 

“I have no words to describe what has just happened on the court, my tennis speaks for itself, I don’t know what happened after the third set, I flew like a bird and everything worked for me," said Tsitsipas mighty pleased after his come-from-behind victory against Rafa.

“Medvedev plays very well and has been very consistent, with lots of consecutive wins, I am looking forward to the match and each match I play here is an opportunity to play my best tennis, it will be amazing to see the crowds again," opined the Greek praising Medvedev and indicating his eagerness ahead of the big semifinal. 

Daniil Medvedev leads the head-to-head record 5-1 against Stefanos Tsitsipas. This is their first meeting in the Australian Open.

Medvedev vs Tsitsipas
Medvedev's missile-like serves will battle against the all-round game of Tsitsipas. Image Credits - ATP Tour

Did you know?

  • Medvedev is on a 19-match winning streak.
  • Tsitsipas will be playing his second semifinal in the Australian Open. He lost to Nadal in straight sets in the semifinals of the 2019 Australian Open.
  • Daniil Medvedev has won 11 matches in a row against top 10 ranked opponents.
  • Medvedev will rise to a career-high rank of No.3 in the ATP Rankings after the end of the Australian Open.
  • The Russian is playing his third grand slam semifinal after featuring twice in the semis at the US Open.
  • Medvedev and his fellow countryman Aslan Karatsev are only the third pair of Russians to reach a grand slam semifinal after Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin in the 2001 US Open, Nikolay Davydenko and Mikhail Youzhny in the 2006 US Open.
  • Tsitsipas is attempting to reach his maiden grand slam final while a win for Medvedev would take him to a second grand slam final.
  • Tsitsipas is playing his third grand slam semifinal.

Performance of Medvedev and Tsitsipas in the 2020 Australian Open

Daniil Medvedev - defeated in five sets in the fourth round by Stan Wawrinka.

Stefanos Tsitsipas - lost in straight sets in the third round to Milos Raonic.

Other crucial numbers related to the Australian Open

Player NameDaniil MedvedevStefanos Tsitsipas
Win-Loss Record in the Australian Open12-410-3
Win-Loss Record in Five-Set Matches1-12-0
Win-Loss Record against Top-10 ranked Players1-12-1

Statistical comparison of Medvedev and Tsitsipas in the 2021 Australian Open 

Player NameDaniil MedvedevStefanos Tsitsipas
Double Faults1514
Points Won on First Serve79.60%81.25%
Points Won on Second Serve62%70.75%
Sets Lost24
Breakpoint Conversion Rate56.60%42.86%
Win-Loss Record in Tiebreaks0-01-2

Medvedev vs Tsitsipas Prediction

A big generational shift is taking place in tennis with the young brigade denying the old guard their shot at glory. Medvedev and Tsitsipas have a strong future ahead with their fearless style of game. 

While Medvedev will rely on his flat two-handed backhand, dependable return of serve, and strong defense to do the job, Tsitsipas will look to get the maximum number of winners with his powerful forehand and control the rallies from the baseline. His down-the-line backhand also needs to be in good touch. 

The fans will be in for a treat as this match will surely go down to the wire with little to separate between the quality of the players.

Prediction - Daniil Medvedev to win in five sets against Stefanos Tsitsipas

Featured Image Credits - ATP Tour

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