Daniil Medvedev has overcome an adamant Filip Krajonovic in a 5 set thriller to win the match 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-0.
Earlier, in perhaps the best match of this year’s Australian open until now, Dominic Thiem produced a comeback for the ages to oust the crowd favorite Nick Kyrgios in a 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win.
While Kyrgios is known for his versatility,Thiem is known for his grit and class.And as a result,when the 2 of ythe finest players of the generation met,it was expected to be a classic.
As expected, the match delivered: a five-set blockbuster with gaping momentum shifts, groundstroke rockets, a gritty fight, and the sight of Nick Kyrgios having a Pepsi during the fifth set break.The third seed emerged victorious after battling back from two sets to win 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in a match that, on closer examination, turned out to be symbolic of both Thiem and Kyrgios’ playing persona.
He had fought from two sets down to win the US Open final last year – in an empty stadium – and that performance seemed to spur him to tune out the sound and take more charge. He saved early break points in the third set and would not lose his serve again. He made just one, five and two unforced errors in the next three sets.
The Medvedev might-
And while yesterday, it was all Thiem, today was the turn of world number 4 Daniil Medvedev. In a game filled with drama and emotion, the Russian blew away a 2 set lead before coming back strongly in the third.
Medvedev repeatedly yelled at his box as he went 4-1 down in the fourth – with coach Gilles Cervara eventually picking up his bag and leaving.
Medvedev screamed at his coach in various languages at different stages of the match, with perhaps the most striking line coming at a changeover:
“WILL YOU LET ME PLAY? LET ME PLAY!“
Cervara did not return to see Medvedev bounce back in the final set and eventually claiming the match 6-3 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-0.
Medvedev was asked in his on-court interview after the match what transpired between he and Cervara.
“He said just before leaving that he was sure I was gonna win the match but he was gonna leave me alone to be more calm actually,” Medvedev said.
Medvedev’s win will see him face Mackenzie McDonald for a sport in the quarter-finals.
On the other hand,World No 2 and former champion Rafael Nadal beat British No 3 Cameron Norrie 7-5 6-2 7-5 to reach the Australian Open fourth round.