Australian Open 2024 Highlights: Daniil Medvedev beats Alexander Zverev to reach third final in Melbourne
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In a blockbuster semi-final clash at Australian Open 2024, Daniil Medvedev faces Alexander Zverev for a place in men’s singles final. The quarter-final matches for Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev saw both players facing opponents determined to recoup from early setbacks.
Medvedev overcame Hubert Hurkacz in a five-set battle, posting a 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victory to advance to the semis at Melbourne. The ninth seed Hurkacz lost the first set in a tiebreak but took the second set, breaking the 2023 US Open finalist twice in the first and seventh games. The Russian won the third set but lost the fourth when he surrendered his serve in game 12.
In a winner-take-all fifth set, the World No. 3 ensured no more hiccups to post a 3-hour, 59-minute win against Hurkacz. With his latest win, Medvedev has reached the last four at three consecutive Grand Slam tournaments.
Germany’s Alexander Zverev came out swinging against Carlos Alcaraz and stunned the second seed to reach the Australian Open semifinals, putting on a sublime display of serving that earned him a 6-1, 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-4 victory on Wednesday. Zverev landed 94 of 111 (85%) of his first serves through the nearly three-hour contest. Alcaraz fought back from a slow start and 5-2 down in the third set but made too many unforced errors (45) to hand Zverev the match.
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Both Medvedev and Zverev had their moments when they were placed under pressure by the men across the net. Both players have spent around 16 hours on court to reach the semifinals.
Medvedev was put through the grinder by Finnish player Emil Ruusuvuori. The Russian had to claw back from two sets to love down and made to work hard for his 4-hour, 23-minute victory — his longest of the Australian Open 2024 so far. Hurkacz was in no mood to go easy on Medvdev, making the Russian sweat for his second five-setter of the tournament.
Zverev faced spirited challenges from Slovakian qualifier Lukas Klein and British No. 1 Cameron Norrie. Both matches went the distance, taking five sets and took 8 hours and 30 minutes to complete. Both required fifth-set tiebreaks to yield a result. Zverev came to the brink of elimination in the second round against Klein, trailing two sets to one before pulling through in the fourth set tiebreak 7-6(5).
Matches – 18
Daniil Medvedev – 7
Alexander Zverev – 11
The rivalry between Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev goes back to 2016. Zverev was dominant in the early years of their rivalry between 2016 and 2019, winning five of the six times they played. The script turned in the next three years between 2020 and 2023, a gap that saw most of their clashes. Medvedev scores here, winning nine of the 11 times they came across each other.
The Russian leads Zverev in 2023, too, with just one out of six games going in the German’s favour. The pair clashed at four Masters 1000 events (Indian Wells, Monte-Carlo, Rome and Cincinnati), the China Open in Beijing, and the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin. Medvedev swept them all except for Cincinnati.
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Where and how to watch the live streaming and TV broadcast of Daniil Medvedev vs Alexander Zverev, Australian Open 2024, semi-final match in India?
The Daniil Medvedev vs Alexander Zverev semifinal match is set for January 26 (Friday) at 7:30 PM local time (2 PM IST). The Sony Network offers coverage of all major tennis events, including the 2024 Australian Open, for the discerning tennis enthusiast. Viewers can tune in to the Sony Ten channel bouquet on their televisions, even as SonyLiv provides a convenient option for those on the move or who prefer to stream their content.
Sony Ten 2, 3, 4, 5 SD/HD channels will live telecast the men’s singles semi-final clash, while SonyLiv app and website will be live streaming the match for OTT fans.
Alexander Zverev will be oozing confidence after his quarter-final match against Alcaraz, prevailing in four sets. The German grabbed the first two sets in double quick time, leaving Alcaraz playing catch-up. Except for a hiccup in the third set, the match was all about Zverev. Daniil Medvedev faced a stern test in the form of the big serving Hubert Hurkacz. The 1.96m Pole, who has one of the fastest serves in the game, nearly caused an upset.
Zverev has a 25-9 win-loss record at Melbourne, and Medvedev has a nearly identical 26-7. In 2023, Zverev won 22 matches and lost 13 on hard courts, with Medvedev winning 38 and losing eight on the same surface. Another statistic coming into play will be their head-to-head, which Medvedev leads. The World No. 3 almost made a clean sweep of all their matches in the 2023 season.
Result: Alexander Zverev to win in four sets.
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