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Medvedev took to the court on Sunday night against Rafael Nadal – the fan favourite Spaniard vying for his record 21st Grand Slam title.
Medvedev has already been labelled the ‘villain’ of the Open after his fiery outburst at an umpire during his semi-final match against the also popular Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Commentator LLeyton Hewitt echoed those sentiments saying: ‘He is the villain out here. He’s trying to spoil the party’.
Medvedev received an icy welcome from the crowd as he walked onto Rod Laver Arena (pictured) with some sections booing the ‘villian’ of the tournament
Nadal is vying for his record 21st Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park on Sunday night (pictured)
Daniil Medvedev took the first set 6-2 in the Australian Open final against 35-year-old Rafael Nadal.
The U.S. Open champion broke Nadal´s serve twice and then served it out in 42 minutes. Nadal´s first serve percentage was down to 54% compared with Medvedev at 82%.
But Nadal fought back in the second set pushing Medvedev into long baseline rallies and with the games tied at five a piece, Nadal whipped up the crowd in support and surged ahead to 6-5.
Daniil Medvedev (pictured) serving in the second set at Melbourne Park managed 84 per cent of first serves in
Nadal whipped up the crowd as he fought back in the second set (pictured) but Medvedev came through in the tie break
Medvedev then evened up the scoreboard with the second set going into a tiebreak.
At 6-5 in favour of Medvedev in the tiebreak, Nadal saw and opening and rushed the net but the Russian delivered a superb back-hand down-the-line winner to take the second.
The quirky 25-year-old Russian is relishing the chance to block Nadal getting to 21 majors ahead of his ‘Big Three’ rivals, as he did with Djokovic four months ago.
Medvedev is bidding to be the first man in the Open era to win his second Grand Slam title at the next major tournament. He lost last year´s Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic.
‘It’s a great rivalry. I’m happy to have the chance to try to stop one more time somebody from making history,’ Medvedev said after reaching the final.
‘I think it’s gonna be a great battle, probably a physical match. Rafa likes to drag people into long rallies. I like it too,’ he said.
Medvedev after winning his first set against Nadal in the Australian Open final (pictured)
Rafa fans turned up in abundance in the Rod Laver Arena crowd (pictured) on Sunday
Nadal fought back in the second set (pictured) pushing Medvedev into long baseline rallies
‘Rafa, we know that from the first till the last point he’s gonna fight his best, and that’s what I’m gonna try to do also.’
Nadal leads Medvedev 3-1, with the Russian losing to the Spanish leftie in his first major final at the 2019 US Open over five sets.
It’s been an extraordinary effort from Nadal just to get to the final of another Slam.
He is having to modify his game to compensate for a bone disease in his left foot that ended his 2021 season last August.
‘One month and a half ago I didn’t know if I will be able to be back to the tour. So here I am, and thanks life for it.’
Daniil Medvedev was fined $12,000 for his outbursts during the Australian Open semi-final (pictured) on Friday
Medvedev was fined for an outburst against the umpire in Friday’s high-octane semifinal win over Stefanos Tsitsipas, who was himself penalised for illegal coaching.
In all, A$69,000 in fines have been handed out for 24 code violations in the men’s events – compared with just A$9,500 against five players in the women’s competitions, tournament organisers Tennis Australia said on Saturday.
Medvedev, who ranted at length at umpire Jaume Campistol after dropping serve late in the second set, was fined a combined $12,000 for two code violations, one for an audible obscenity and the other for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The world number two, who will play Rafa Nadal in Sunday’s final at Melbourne Park, lost his temper while alleging Tsitsipas was receiving illegal in-match coaching from his father and, after losing the second set, told Campistol he was ‘a small cat’.
The Greek, who received a warning for coaching during his four-set defeat, was fined $5,000 for the offence and a further $8,000 for two earlier similar offences.
The Russian launched into the tirade at the umpire between points during Friday’s contest on Rod Laver Arena (pictured)
Source: Daily Mail