Sunday will mark Medvedev’s second appearance in a Grand Slam final, with the world No4 having previously been beaten in a thrilling five-setter by Rafael Nadal at the US Open in 2019.
Standing between the 25-year-old and a maiden major title is the formidable figure of top seed Djokovic, who breezed through to his ninth Australian Open final on Thursday by easily defeating Medvedev’s compatriot and qualifier Aslan Karatsev.
The world No1 is aiming for a record-extending ninth Melbourne title that would take him up to 18 majors overall – two shy of Nadal and Roger Federer.
“(It was) definitely not easy. (Tsitsipas’) match with Rafa was kind of the same score in the first two sets, third set Rafa was dominating so I got a little bit scared and tight because it’s the semi-final of a slam,” Medvedev said during his on-court interview.
“For us it’s not the 50th like for Novak or Roger (Federer) so it was not easy but I’m happy I managed to turn my game on, especially in some tough moments on my serve and really happy to be in the final.”