Daniil Medvedev escapes early retirement


ATP champion Daniil Medvedev had to work overtime for his round of 16 at the Australian Open.

Despite a 2-0 set lead, the fourth in the world rankings from Russia had to go the full distance in the third round match against the Serb Filip Krajinovic, Medvedev won after 3:06 hours with 6: 3, 6: 3, 4: 6, 3: 6, 6: 0 and now meets the unseeded American Mackenzie McDonald.

The 25-year-old Medvedev also built on his impressive winning streak.

He has won all of his last 17 matches since the beginning of November, including the titles at the ATP Finals in London, the Masters in Paris and most recently at the ATP Cup in Melbourne with the Russian team.

The Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas made it into the round of 16 with much less effort. The world number six lived up to his favorite role against the Swede Mikael Ymer and won in just 1:34 hours with 6: 4, 6: 1, 6: 1.

Medvedev’s form-strong compatriot Andrey Rublev (No. 7) also made it through the last 16 with ease. The 23-year-old, who was also unbeaten in the ATP Cup, defeated Feliciano Lopez 7: 5, 6: 2, 6: 3 and ended a special tournament for the Spanish oldie.

The 39-year-old had played his 75th Grand Slam tournament in a row in Melbourne – a lonely record in tennis history.


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