Australian Open Betting Odds: Medvedev stages thrilling comeback

Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev (5/6 Fav – Australian Open Outright) came from two sets down and saved match point to beat Felix Auger-Aliassime and book his place in the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Notable Women’s Matches on Thursday:

Ashleigh Barty vs Madison Keys (SF – 08:30)
Danielle Collins vs Iga Swiatek (SF – 10:00)

Russian star Medvedev had been installed as many peoples’ favourite to claim glory in Melbourne following Novak Djokovic’s well-publicised withdrawal, but he was staring down the barrel of defeat during his quarter-final tie with highly-rated Canadian Auger-Aliassime, as he lost the opening two sets.

The third set went to a tiebreak and was temporarily stopped while the roof was closed on the Rod Laver Arena due to rain.

Medvedev responded the better after the restart to take that third set, but the US Open champion then had to save match point during the fourth before eventually going on to claim a 6-7 (4-7) 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-5 6-4 victory after over four-and-a-half hours on court.

After the match, Medvedev admitted even he was unsure how he had managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Asked how he won, Medvedev said: “I have no idea.

“I was not playing my best. Felix served unbelievable; I was all over the place.

“I managed to raise my level and when they closed the roof I was able to go through momentum and I started playing better.”

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The world number two’s reward for reaching the semi-finals will be a clash with fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas (5/1 Australian Open Outright), who enjoyed rather more serene progress earlier in the day when seeing off Italy’s Jannik Sinner 6-3 6-4 6-2 (Tsitsipas 15/8, Medvedev 2/5 – Match Result).

Friday’s showdown will be a repeat of last year’s semi-final in Melbourne, which Medvedev won in straight sets before going on to lose to Djokovic in the final.

In the women’s draw, American Danielle Collins booked her place in her second Australian Open semi-final after seeing off France’s Alize Cornet 7-5 6-1.

Collins will face Pole Iga Swiatek in the last four after the former French Open champion came through 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 against Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi after over three hours on court (Collins 5/4, Swiatek 8/13 – Match Result).

That showdown between Collins and Swiatek will take place on Thursday, immediately following the first semi-final in the women’s draw that will see home favourite Ashleigh Barty, who is bidding to become the first Australian woman to reach a singles final in Melbourne since Wendy Turnbull in 1980, take on Madison Keys (Barty 2/9, Keys 3/1 – Match Result).

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Author: Paula Allen