De Minaur soars past Lopez to reach Sydney International semi-final

  • De Minaur soars past Lopez to reach Sydney International semi-final

De Minaur soars past Lopez to reach Sydney International semi-final

Medvedev completed a all-conquering week to hit back from losing the opening set to extinguish de Minaur, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5. And it was the first career title for Medvedev.

"I couldn't be prouder of my effort today, " he said afterwards. "It was tough, but I'm really happy to manage this". I'm sure he wouldn't make the comeback in the third set without the crowd.

"This is what you play for, to play these night matches and have all these people just wait up and watch you play and support you every single point".

"And it's going to be very tough to get back again on the court, especially against Thanasi, I'm sure the crowd will be insane in Melbourne for him".

While he lives in Spain, Sydney-born de Minaur will have the entire crowd behind him as he attempts to win his first tour title at Sydney Olympic Park.

The longer the rallies the more risky de Minaur became and he claimed the opening set after winning six games on the trot.

World number 84 Medvedev looked far more composed in the second, gaining his reward with the only break and taking a tense battle into a final set when De Minaur was unable to return a powerful serve.

De Minaur came up just short. Image Getty
De Minaur came up just short. Image Getty

Winners flowed from the Russian's racquet with a running backhand crosscourt passing shot he played for a 3-0 lead an outstanding moment.

"Until 6-2, 3-1, Fabio was playing unbelievable, and me, I felt that I didn't show my best tennis", Medvedev said. Then serving for the match at 5-4, he was easily broken by de Minaur, who had the home crowd roaring.

The 18-year-old displayed encouraging poise to completely dominate from the second set.

The other semi-final will pit fifth seed Roberto Bautista Agut, a 7-6 (7-1) 6-2 victor over Jiri Vesely, against Robin Haase, who defeated Peter Gojowczyk 6-4 6-4.

For the women's team, the Italian Camila Giorgi beat with 6-1 and 6-2 the Polish Agnieszka Radwanska to reach the semifinals, instance in which she will face the German Angelique Kerber, who defeated the Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova, 6- 3 and 6-1.

The former world No.1 was too strong for Barty, winning the final 6-4, 6-4 to give her a massive confidence boost for the year's opening Grand Slam in Melbourne.