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Daniil Medvedev Triumphs In All-Russian Showdown To Reach First Australian Open Semis

The world No.4 has won his 19th Tour match in a row as he seeks his first Grand Slam title in Melbourne.

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Daniil Medvedev has breezed into the semi-finals of the Australian Open after brushing aside compatriot Andrey Rublev in straight sets on the Rod Laver Arena.

 

The fourth seed rallied his way to a 7-5, 6-3, 6-1, win over the world No.8 on what was a humid day in Melbourne Park. Medvedev’s defensive play was on full show throughout the clash as a lacklustre Rublev struggled at times to control his unforced error count. Overall he produced a total of 30 winners and broke six times throughout the two-hour match. As for Rublev, who was physically struggling during the closing stages, he leaked a costly 39 errors.

“I think my game matches his quite well. I have known him for a long time, so I know how to neutralise his amazing big shots. That was definitely one of the best matches I have played. Not only lately but last year too,” Medvedev said following his win.
“This match was really unbelievable because he was playing really good and I managed to beat him in three sets without a tiebreak. I’m really happy about it.”

The all-Russian encounter was the fourth time the two have clashed on the Tour and the second in a Grand Slam quarter-final after the US Open last year. Medvedev, who is yet to lose to Rublev, had to overcome an early scare in their latest match after falling behind 2-4 in the opening set. Despite the blip, he broke back with ease thanks to some costly errors coming from across the court before levelling up once again. The world No.4 struck again at the business end of the set with an elevation in his intensity on the court. Leading 6-5, a forehand winner gave him three set points against the Rublev serve. He prevailed on his first thanks to another error from his opponent.

Medvedev continued to weather the storm as he contended with some sublime defensive play from his compatriot. Both players were sternly tested on their serve throughout the second frame but once again it was the highest ranked Russian who came out on top. A tentative Rublev forehand crashing into the net rewarded Medvedev another break for a 5-3 lead before he closed it out with a love service game that concluded with an ace.

Closing in on a place in his third Grand Slam semi-final and first at the Australian Open, Medvedev continued to dominate his rapidly weary looking rival who started to seriously struggle with both the conditions and Medvedev’s intensity. A four-game winning streak in the third set moved him within touching distance of victory. Admirable Rublev kept fighting but it was too little too late as Medvedev sealed the win on his first match point before unexpectedly having some media treatment on court straight after.

“I went to the bench for the last game of the match and I started cramping in my quad. I knew he (Roblev) was too but I had to not show it,” Medvedev explained.
“I managed to make some big serves. I blocked completely during the three last points (of the match) and I could not move my left leg. It wasn’t easy but I’m happy I won the game.”

Medvedev has now recorded 11 consecutive wins over top 10 players on the Tour since falling to Dominic Thiem at the US Open last year. He will next play either Rafael Nadal or Stefanos Tsitsipas in what he hopes will be much cooler conditions following his latest experience.

“It’s super tough because if you come to Australia and it is plus-forty everyday it is not easy, for sure, but you get used to it. But we have usually had days when it’s 20 degrees maximum and it is not that hot,” he said.
“In the quarter-finals against Andrey we had some unbelievable rallies but after some points it was tough to breathe.”

Medvedev leads Tsitsipas 5-1 in their head-to-head but trails Nadal 1-3.

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Aljaz Bedene rallies from one set down to beat Jannik Sinner in Montpellier

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Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene came back from one set down to beat 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion Jannik Sinner 3-6 6-2 7-6 (7-5) to reach the second round at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. Sinner was hindered by a back injury in the final stages of the match. 

 

Bedene entered the match with a 2-1 lead in his head-to-head matches against Sinner, but the Italian 19-year-old player won their most recent clash at the Great Ocean Road Open in Melbourne en route to the second title of his career.  

Sinner earned his only break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 and held his next service games to close out the opening set 6-3 with a forehand down the line. 

Sinner went down 0-40 in the fourth game of the second set on serve, but he saved three consecutive break points. Bedene converted his fourth break point at deuce, as Sinner made an error at the net. Sinner forced the next game to deuce, but Bedene held his serve to open up a 4-1 lead. Bedene closed out the second set 6-2 with his double break at 15.

Sinner saved a break point and held serve after two deuces in the second game. The Italian player wasted two break points in the third and fifth games. 

Sinner earned an erly mini-break, but Bedene got back on serve immediately. Bedene opened up a 4-2 lead with two more mini-breaks in the tie-break before Sinner received a medical time-out to a lower back injury. Bedene earned two more mini-breaks to close out the match after 2 hours and 39 minutes. 

Bedene becomes the first player outside the top 10 to defeat Sinner indoors in a year. Sinner entered the match on a 10-match indoor winning streak against players outside the top 10, which dated back to the quarter final defeat against Pablo Carreno Busta in Rotterdam. 

“In the first set Sinner was the better player. Afterwards, I became more aggressive and was making less mistakes. I think that decided it. On the important points I was there. I didn’t lose my focus”, said Bedene. 

Bedene set up a second round match against Egor Gerasimov, who beat Andy Murray 7-6 (10-8) 6-1on Tuesday evening. 

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina converted six of his fifteen break points to overcome Bernabe Zapata Miralles 7-6 (7-3) 5-7 6-2 setting up a second round match against Hubert Hurkacz. 

French qualifier Gregoire Barrere broke twice in each set and won 65 % of his second service points to defeat Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4 6-4. 

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Marin Cilic beats Taro Daniel to reach the quarter final at the Singapore Open

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Former US Open champion and world number 3 Marin Cilic won 82% of his first-serve points and and fended off three of the four break points he faced to claim a 7-5 6-4 win over Taro Daniel after 1 hour and 40 minutes at the Singapore Tennis Open. 

 

Cilic converted his second break point at deuce in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Daniel broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Cilic earned his second break in the 11th game and served out the first set at love in the 10th game. Cilic earned the only break in the 10th game to seal the second set 6-4. 

Cilic set up a quarter final match against South Korea’s Soonwoo Kwon, who came back from one set down to beat Thai-Son Kwiatkowski 4-6 6-3 6-4. 

Fourth seed Alexander Bublik fired 10 aces to beat Turkish qualifier Altug Celikbilek 6-3 6-2. Bublik will take on Yoshihito Nishioka, who won 62 % of hsi second serve points to claim a 6-4 6-2 win over Maxime Cressy. 

Australia’s Alexei Popyrin overcame Adrian Andreev 6-1 5-7 6-3. Popyrin earned two breaks in the fourth and sixth games to win the first set 6-1. Andreev sealed the second set 7-5 with his only break in the 12th game. Poppyrin broke twice in the fifth and ninth games to close out the third set 6-3.  

Italy’s Roberto Marcora broke once in each set to upset former top 10 player Ernest Gulbis 7-5 6-4 setting up a second round match against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. Matthew Ebden edged Yuki Bhambri 6-3 7-6 (7-3) to secure his spot in the second round where he will face second round match against second seed John Millman.

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Lorenzo Sonego beats Sebastian Korda to reach the quarter final in Montpellier

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Lorenzo Sonego cruised past US Next Gen player Sebastian Korda 6-3 6-2 after 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach the quarter final for the eighth time in his career on the ATP Tour. Sonego will face either David Goffin or Benjamin Bonzi. 

 

Sonego did not convert a break point at 2-1 in the opening set. Korda earned two break points in the fifth game, but Sonego saved them at deuce. The Italian player broke serve at 15 to open up a 4-2 lead and held his next service games to claim the first set 6-3.

The second set went on serve the first four games before Sonego earned a break with a forehand passing shot to take a 3-2 lead. The 2020 Vienna finalist came back from 0-30 down to hold his serve before breaking for the second time in the seventh game at 15 to race out a 5-2 lead. Sonego served out the win on his first match point in the eighth game to reach his first ATP Tour quarter finals this year.

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