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    Medvedev beats Tsitsipas to stand in Nadal’s path to Slam greatness

    MELBOURNE (AFP) – Daniil Medvedev won a tempestuous Australian Open semi-final against Stefanos Tsitsipas yesterday and will face Rafael Nadal, who is bidding to become the all-time men’s Grand Slam leader, tomorrow’s final.

    World number two Medvedev beat fourth-ranked Tsitsipas 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to reach his second straight Australian Open final.

    Earlier the 35-year-old Spanish great powered past the Italian seventh seed Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

    Nadal is level on 20 majors with his golden era rivals Novak Djokovic, who was deported on the eve of the tournament, and Roger Federer, who is absent with injury.

    It gives the Spaniard an opportunity to go clear at the top in tomorrow’s final and add to his lone 2009 Melbourne Park crown in his sixth Australian Open final.

    Daniil Medvedev celebrates after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas. PHOTO: AP

    Medvedev was in a fiery mood and given a code warning after raging at the chair umpire during his clash with fourth seed Tsitsipas, whose father Apostolos was also given a warning for coaching from the player’s box before inadvertently helping trigger his son’s collapse.

    Medvedev is shooting for back-to-back major titles after upsetting Djokovic in last year’s US Open final.

    Like in New York last September, when he stopped Djokovic from completing a calendar Grand Slam of titles, Medvedev will be trying to derail Nadal’s tilt at making men’s tennis history.

    “I’m going to play against one of the greatest and someone going for the 21st Slam,” Medvedev said.

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