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Medvedev and Tsitsipas set to renew rivalry in semis; Osaka, Brady into final


Jennifer Brady celebrates winning her semi final against Czech Republic's Karolina Muchova on Thursday. Reuters

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev have not seen eye-to-eye since their stormy clash in Miami in 2018 but with the pair set to meet in Friday’s Australian Open semi-final it appears there is growing respect between the two.

Sparks flew when they met for the first time on the ATP Tour in Miami, with Medvedev confronting the Greek over his on-court conduct.

Tsitsipas stirred the pot in 2019 when he described the Russian’s playing style as ‘boring’ but that is not the term he would use now.

“Might have said in the past that he plays boring, but I don’t really think he plays boring,” Tsitsipas said. “He’s in very good shape, playing good tennis, playing accurate, playing simple.”

Earlier this week, Medvedev said Tsitsipas had improved physically and he would be no pushover if a match went the distance.

“I think he’s improving physically because maybe two years ago could say, yeah, out of five sets it’s maybe not bad to play him,” Medvedev said. “I don’t think it’s the case right now.”

Medvedev was proven right in the quarter-finals, with Tsitsipas digging deep to recover from two sets down and pull off an astonishing comeback victory over second seed Rafa Nadal.

Tsitsipas was denied by Nadal and Novak Djokovic in his previous two Grand Slam semi-final appearances but Medvedev knows what it takes to reach a final, getting to the decider at the 2019 US Open before losing to Nadal.

The Russian fourth seed has won 19 consecutive matches dating back to the Paris Masters in November and is in no mood to stop now.

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Brady-OsakaThis combination photo shows Jennifer and Naomi Osaka hitting returns during their women's singles semi-final matches. AFP

In a rematch of their tumultuous 2018 US Open decider, Osaka underlined her status as the new queen of women’s tennis and soaked up the cheers from the Rod Laver Arena crowd as fans returned to the Grand Slam after a five-day lockdown.

Osaka, the 2019 champion, will meet Jennifer Brady, who ensured there would be at least one American in the final after battling to a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win over Karolina Muchova in the other semi on Thursday.

It will be a rematch of last year’s US Open semi-final, where Osaka edged Brady in three sets on the way to her third Grand Slam triumph. Brady kept the US flag flying, though, as she steadied in the late match to book her first Grand Slam final.

Agence France-Presse

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