Stefanos Tsitsipas smashed a plastic water bottle to the court after going down a second-set break on the way to a 6-4, 6-2. 7-5 loss on Friday to Daniil Medvedev in their Australian Open semi-final.

The Greek fifth seed’s temper tantrum on a changeover after dropping serve to trail a set and 2-1 forced ballkids to their knees with towels to mop up the damage under the umpire’s chair.

Stefanos Tsitsipas exits Rod Laver Arena after semi-final defeat photo:- Tennis Australia/ ROB PREZIOSO

The outburst turned out to be in vain as the player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of contention in the quarter-finals made his exit after just over two hours in his third Grand Slam semi-final.

Medvedev, seeded fourth and the third Russian male semi-finalist here,  stretched his win streak against Top 10 opponents to 12 on the trot, and a 20 match winning streak since Vienna in October 2020.

The 2019 US Open finalist hammered 17 aces and saved two of three points against his serve in steamy 29 Celsius night-time conditions.

He will fight for the title on Sunday against Novak Djokovic, who leads their career series 4-3.

Novak Djokovic will play Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s final photo:- Tennis Australia/ MORGAN HANCOCK

Medvedev got into some minor trouble in the third set, leading 3-2 as Tsitsipas broke back for 3-all.

With flag-waving partisan locals in the world’s second largest “Greek” city after Athens getting excited, the chair had to call for calm as the drama mounted in the third set, 4-4.

Medvedev put the boot in as he broke for 6-5 with a backhand down the line and served out his place in the final a game later on the first of two match points.

Main photo:- Daniil Medvedev celebrates semi-final victory. by – Tennis Australia/ ROB PREZIOSO


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