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‘I asked myself what would Novak do’: Medvedev booed by crowd after Djokovic comment

Medvedev will play Tsitsipas in a rematch of last year’s semifinals. Medvedev won at the same stage last year but lost the final to Novak Djokovic.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: January 26, 2022 7:55:23 pm
Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrates after defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, early Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair)

Top seed Daniil Medvedev battled back from two sets down and saved a match point against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime to reach the Australian Open semi-finals with a 6-7(4) 3-6 7-6(2) 7-5 6-4 victory on Wednesday.

Medvedev had his back firmly up against the wall for much of an absorbing contest as Auger-Aliassime produced some stunning tennis at the Rod Laver Arena. But he simply refused to lie down as he overturned a two-set deficit for only the second time in his career to set up a Friday semi-final against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The 25-year-old Russian also channeled his inner Djokovic and even confessed to Jim Courier after the match that when he lost the second set he was reminded of the Serbian.

“When I lost the second set, I asked myself: what would Novak do in this situation?”, said Medvedev amidst strong boos from the crowd.

“I always pack my bags with a lot of spare equipment in case the match lasts up to six hours. When I entered, my bag was completely full. Now it is practically empty. That shows how long this game has been,” concluded Medvedev.

Medvedev will play Friday against French Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas in a rematch of last year’s semifinals at Melbourne Park. Medvedev won at the same stage last year but lost the final to Novak Djokovic.

(With Reuters Inputs)

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