AO22: Men’s SF Preview

Right, we have one final sorted for Saturday, and now time to try and guess who will contest Sunday’s final hurdle. Speaking of finals, a small note to try and catch what promises to be an absolute barnstorming Men’s Doubles Final, with both team’s homegrown and one of them of course the Special K that has so thrilled the crowds here.

Anywho, onto the Singles.

Nadal vs Berrettini
Both men fought back in five-set QF’s in which the momentum come that all-important fifth set seemed to favour their opponent. Shapovalov and Monfils both won the 3rd and 4th sets of their encounters and Nadal especially looked pretty done and dusted. But this is no ordinary Spaniard; Rafa simply does not ever give up and will fight to the very last point. A cliched term perhaps, but literally no-one else will give as much when the chips are down. Shapovalov let himself down of course, but Nadal capitalised like the champion he is.

His opponent Berrettini is quietly becoming one of the most consistent major-players since his breakthrough, a consistent and clearly durable competitor who has only been bettered by a certain absent Serb recently. He has the game and he has the belief to capture this – make no mistake.
Verdict: Berrettini in 4

Tsitsipas vs Medvedev
The logical choice is the Greek here, the only man to emerge from the previous round in straight sets and not the full distance. But the way Medvedev roared back from an inspired Auger-Aliassime, at two sets down was truly something special. Their h2h record also favours the 2nd seeded Russian, a healthy 6-2. Medvedev will be buzzing at the manner in which he turned the tide, he should feel even more indestructible – mentally at least. Can he recover physically? Will Tsitsipas allow him to? I’m not sure honestly. I will put my faith in Stefanos to deliver.
Verdict: Tsitsipas in 4


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