Australian Open 2021 - Daniil Medvedev downs Stefanos Tsitsipas to set up Novak Djokovic showdown
Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev made it 20 successive wins as he stormed past Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to reach the final of the Australian Open, where he will meet world number one Novak Djokovic. The Russian comprehensively outplayed his opponent, and will now face the top seed on Sunday in an intriguing final.
Highlights: Medvedev too good for Tsitsipas in semi-final
'Water everywhere!' - Tsitsipas hurls bottle, Medvedev complains to umpire
The British umpire, James Keothavong, was immediately alerted to the fifth seed's indiscretion by Medvedev, who was clearly eager to see his opponent punished. The Greek was duly rebuked but did not receive an official warning.
Medvedev petulantly made his point by pulling out of his service motion and walking over to get his towel at the side of the court mid-game to delay the Greek, while the fans - strongly in favour of Tsitsipas - booed his reaction.
'Adding spice' - Medvedev walks off to get towel after Tsitsipas delays
Tsitsipas had no joy on his opponent's serve until the third set, which brought the throngs of Greek fans in the stadium back to life as he roared into a 5-4 lead, but it was no more than a fleeting resistance.
The Russian sealed the decisive break in the 11th game, and was utterly ruthless as he proceeded to close out the match to silence the hopeful, but ultimately disappointed, Tsitsipas fans.