Daniil Medvedev on fire at Australian Open

Daniil Medvedev on fire at Australian Open

/ 01:25 PM January 21, 2024

Daniil Medvedev Australian Open

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts after a point against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime during their men’s singles match on day seven of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 20, 2024. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST / AFP)

Two-time runner-up Daniil Medvedev swept past Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime for a seventh straight time Saturday to power into the last 16 at the Australian Open despite feeling sluggish.

The Russian third seed was in the zone to win 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 and set up a clash against Portugal’s world number 69 Nuno Borges, who upset Bulgarian 13th seed Grigor Dimitrov in four sets.

It was a vastly different match from his late-night escape from two sets down against Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori in the second round, a contest that finished at 3:40am on Friday.

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Medvedev admitted the early-hours finish had taken its toll, saying he had not got to bed until 7:00 am.

“It was not easy, I’m not feeling fresh, I’m not feeling 100 percent,” said the Russian, who lost to Novak Djokovic in the 2021 Melbourne Park final and Rafael Nadal a year later.

“It was tough, especially after the last match I had.

“I felt it was hard for me when I ran, so I tried to always give him a tough shot so I didn’t have to run. Finally, especially in the third set, I managed to pull off some good shots and am happy about my game.”

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Medvedev came into the clash with a flawless 6-0 record against the 27th seed.

That included saving a match point to beat the Canadian in a titanic five-set struggle in the 2022 quarter-finals at Melbourne Park.

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This time it was a one-sided affair, with Medvedev earning an early break in the opening set and rarely letting up.

Against the odds, the Canadian broke immediately in the second set, but it was temporary blip, with Medvedev getting back on levels terms at 3-3.

The world number three, who has a phenomenal knack of turning defence into attack, switched up a gear to take a two-set lead after some entertaining baseline rallies.

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He was unrelenting in the third set, on a mission to reach the finish line, which he did in two hours and nine minutes.

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