Austrian tennis fans will particularly remember the Vienna final last October: Janic Sinner and Daniel Medvedev Probably the best final game played City halls-History and now there is a new version on the biggest platform. In the first Grand Slam match of the year, Djokovic's winner Sinner won his first major title while Medvedev looked for his second. Either way, the Australian Open in Melbourne will see a new winning face.
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It will be The first new champion since Stan Wawrinka in 2014 “Below”. The clash between the 22-year-old South Tyrolean and Medvedev, now a six-time major finalist, will be the first in a Melbourne final since 2005 that has not featured tennis greats Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal. In 2021, the Russian won his only title so far at the US Open.
The finalists had more obstacles in the semi-finals
Both players reached the final with sensational semi-final victories: Sinner ended his 33-match winning streak. Djokovic With a very strong four-set win, Medvedev wrestled Alexander Zverev Trailing 0-2, lost in five sets.
“It means an incredible amount to me to beat Novak here. It's a great win. But the match isn't over yet,” Sinner said. “The final of a tournament is always something special, no matter how big it is. I'm looking forward to experiencing this great atmosphere in Melbourne.”
Further Medvedev He starts the finals with a newfound confidence. “I'm stronger than before the tournament because now I know I can do some things I thought I couldn't do before,” said the world number three. Carlos Algaraz A win could push him from second place. “I've never reached a Grand Slam final like that,” he said, looking back in the second round when playing against the Finn. Emile Russouri And the set was 0-2. And also against the pole Hubert Hurcox He had to overcome five sets in the quarterfinals. “Mentally I'm 100 percent better than before the competition.”
Jannik Chinner has a lot going for him in the finale
Chinner, who is currently ranked fourth in the ATP rankings, is taking a lot of rest. The Viennese winner did not drop a set until the semifinals. Chinar and Medvedev meet each other for the tenth time; The record really speaks in favor of the Russian with a 6-3 victory. However, the three most recent comparisons all went to the Italian. After Vienna, Sinner also won the semifinals in three sets at the ATP Finals in Turin. This is the first meeting in a big way.
If Sinner doesn't impress in his first major final and plays like he has in the past, he will be the favourite. The 27-year-old Medvedev was on court for almost six hours longer than his opponent during the match. The winner on Sunday (9.30 am. CET/live Eurosport, ServusTV) will receive €1.05 million, equivalent to €1.93 million.