Melbourne’s strong Greek contingent were never going to be on Daniil Medvedev’s side in his semi-final clash.
Melbourne’s strong Greek contingent were never going to be on Daniil Medvedev’s side in his semi-final clash against Hellenic prodigy Stefanos Tsitsipas, but at times it border-lined on unfair.
Not that it worried the Russian star who booked his spot in the Australian Open final with a straight-sets victory over his younger rival.
But as the raucous “pro-Tsitsipas” crowd attempted to rally the Greek into the match by whatever means necessary, the umpire was forced to intervene on more than one occasion.
Attempting to serve the first set out at 5-4, a member of the crowd was heard screaming as Medvedev commenced his toss.
While it didn’t seem to bother the Russian who went on to claim the first set, umpire James Keothavong had heard enough, asking the crowd for some decorum.
The crowd would cop another serve from Keothavong when they spurred Tsitsipas to a third-set comeback which nearly saw him push the match to a fourth-set.
Going wild in the stands, the Greeks rallied Tsitsipas to break the Russian and lock the set up at 5-5. With the excitement bubbling, some members of the crowd began screaming during crucial points.
While Keothavong was good enough to see the lighter side, he nonetheless needed to interject.
“It’s great to hear you supporting your player, but please be fair to both players,” Keothavong said over his microphone.
For all the excitement in the stands, it wasn’t enough to undo Medvedev who became the first Russian to reach the men’s Australian Open final since Marat Safin in 2005.
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