Daniil Medvedev reaches the Australian Open final for the second straight year by edging past Stefanos Tsitsipas in four sets to complete final line-up against Rafael Nadal
- Daniil Medvedev beat Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the Australian Open final
- The Russian ran out a 7-6 4-6 6-4 6-1 winner to set up a final with Rafael Nadal
- Medvedev had a mid-game meltdown when his rival levelled the match
- The Russian accused Tsitsipas’ father of giving him instructions mid-game
- But Medvedev recovered to reach a second straight Melbourne Grand Slam final
Daniil Medvedev overcame a mid-match meltdown to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas and set up an Australian Open final clash with Nadal.
Medvedev’s 7-6 (5) 4-6 6-4 6-1 victory means he will play for a second successive grand slam title after his maiden success at the US Open last summer.
It is also the second year in a row he has made the final at Melbourne Park, having lost to Novak Djokovic 12 months ago.
Daniil Medvedev beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 4-6 6-4 6-1 to reach the Australian Open final
Greek fourth seed Tsitsipas levelled the match at one set all to frustrate Russian Medvedev
But the Russian overcame his own frustration to reach a second straight Melbourne final
But much of the attention will focus on Medvedev’s extraordinary rant at the umpire late in the second set, when he accused Tsitsipas of receiving coaching from his father Apostolos.
Medvedev bizarrely described chair umpire Jaume Campistol as ‘a small cat’ when he was 5-4 down in the second set after accusing Tsitsipas Snr of passing on instructions to his son.
He yelled at the umpire: ‘His father can talk every point? Are you stupid? His father can talk every point?’
Then raising his voice, Medvedev shouted: ‘His father can talk every point? Answer my question, will you answer my question?
Medvedev complained to the umpire about Tsitsipas’ father allegedly giving him instructions
The Russian felt that Apostolos Tsitsipas (left) was giving his son instructions during the match
‘Can you answer my question please? Can his father talk every point? Oh my God, oh my God, you are so bad, man. How can you be so bad in the semi-final of a Grand Slam? Look at me, I am taking to you.’
At this point, Campistol turns around the acknowledged the ranting Medvedev and asks ‘what do you want?’
Medvedev replies: ‘To give him a caution because his father is talking to him.’
Campistol makes nothing of the request and calls ‘time’ for the players to return to the court.
More to follow.