First set: Daniil Medvedev 5-4 Stefanos Tsitsipas* A return lands just long from Medvedev to make it 30-15, but the first double fault of the match levels things up. Tsitsipas will be very disappointed with that. Tsitsipas forces Medvedev to make a couple of journeys along the baseline before the Russian sends one long. Tsitsipas puts all his effort into a backhand, only to see it fly well wide to bring us to deuce. The advantage goes to Tsitsipas as he lifts a backhand into open court. A powerful serve is returned long to give Tsitsipas some hope of turning this set around.
First set: Daniil Medvedev* 5-3 Stefanos Tsitsipas The score reaches 15-15 when Tsitsipas stretches to return a serve but only succeeds in controlling the ball to the ground. An ace down the middle makes it 40-15 but he then whacks a forehand long to give Tsitsipas an opening. Medvedev rectifies his error, however, with a ripping forehand into the corner to give the Greek no chance and win the game.
First set: Daniil Medvedev 4-3 Stefanos Tsitsipas* He may have been struggling in the last couple of games but, boosted by the crowd noise, Tsitsipas flashes a forehand past Medvedev to start this one on a positive note. Alas, he then send pings a backhand long. The Greek diaspora of Melbourne lets out big cheers when Tsitsipas takes the next two points, though. A bigger roar goes up when Medvedev flings a backhand wide to conclude the game.
First set: Daniil Medvedev* 4-2 Stefanos Tsitsipas I think Tsitsipas is rattled from losing his serve. The Russian is error-free while the Greek gifts the opening point of the game with a weak backhand heading wide, followed by one going long. Medvedev completes the hold with a wonderful ace down the middle.
First set: Daniil Medvedev 3-2 Stefanos Tsitsipas* Tsitsipas sends a powerful serve down the middle which Medvedev can only get an edge on to make it 30-0. Tsitsipas lets Medvedev back in with a couple of errors, the second a disappointing backhand which goes well wide. Medvedev then gets the first break point of the match, but a fine serve from Tsitsipas is looped into the net for deuce. Medvedev wants to put Tsitsipas on his backhand, with the Russian earning advantage thanks to a fine shot from the baseline into open court. The break is completed when the Greek sends one long.
First set: Daniil Medvedev* 2-2 Stefanos Tsitsipas A fine valley between the two sees both players move around the court with grace, ending with a fierce backhand into space by Medvedev. The Russian’s confidence grows as he wins the game to love.
First set: Daniil Medvedev 1-2 Stefanos Tsitsipas* The Greek comes to the net to volley the winner after pushing Medvedev onto his backhand at the back of the court. Medvedev is being moved around the baseline effectively, leaving his stroke play a little off. The game concludes with Medvedev returning a serve into the net.
First set: Daniil Medvedev* 1-1 Stefanos Tsitsipas Coming to the net to pummel a forehand gives Medvedev a positive start to his service game. It gets better when Tsitsipas top edges a return into the stands. Tsitsipas is showing plenty of aggression but that could be the cause of hitting a shot half a yard long to give Medvedev game point, which he duly wins.
First set: Daniil Medvedev 0-1 Stefanos Tsitsipas* The Greek opens up the match, and a laid back rally ensues, ending with him sending one long. Things are evened up when Medvedev sends a very low backhand into the net. Tsitsipas closes out the opening game with some powerful strokes which Medvedev miscues.
The players are walking out onto court. Tsitsipas in his usual bright yellow shirt and head band, while Medvedev is sporting a more traditional white outfit.
We have also been treated to an explainer of how a gyros is made at a Greek restaurant prior to this mouthwatering clash.
Marcos Baghdatis is being interviewed on Eurosport. Behind him is a painting of himself eating a tennis ball, which is my kind of art.
It’s another lovely day in Melbourne. The weather looks very similar to London … in a way.
Daniil Medvedev, who won the ATP Finals in London at the end of last year and went unbeaten through Russia’s ATP Cup triumph, needed treatment on his thigh after his quarter final. Will that impact him today?
He said: “I started cramping in my quad. I saw he was cramping also so I tried not to show it. But I couldn’t really move my left leg at the end.
“It was super tough, we had some unbelievable rallies. I think I’m one of the first players to make Andrey tired on court so I’m quite happy about it.
“To play my friend? It’s never easy but we’re all super competitive. It was one of the best matches I’ve played lately. To beat him in three sets without a tie-break, I’m very happy about that.”
After Novak Djokovic showed he is back to some of his best form on Thursday against Aslan Karatsev, today’s victor will know a very difficult task lies ahead against a man who has won the tournament eight times.
Tsitsipas came through in an incredible five-setter, having been two sets down, to beat Rafa Nadal in the last round. If the Greek wants to give himself a chance in a final, he will be hoping to get things done and dusted without adding too many more miles to the his legs. He has already gone the full distance twice in Melbourne, but that was slightly balanced out by a walkover in the fourth round.
Medvedev has pummelled his way to the penultimate stage, only needing more than three sets on one occasion to get this far, proving the form he is, making the Russian the favourite going into this. It should be cracking clash either way.
Let’s hope for a cracker!