SportsMedvedev struggled against Cressy but qualified for the quarter-finals

Medvedev struggled against Cressy but qualified for the quarter-finals

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Daniil Medvedev continues his merry way in Melbourne. Despite losing his first set of the tournament, the world number 2 qualified for the quarter-finals of the Australian Open by beating the American Maxime Cressy (70th) 6-2 on Monday in very hot weather. , 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (4/7), 7-5. “Apart from the first set where I managed to break away quickly, the match was really tough. A game from hell! “Commented the Russian after 3h30 of combat.

Finalist last year, he had never been so hooked this year during his first three rounds. In the second, it took him 2h58 to beat the Australian Nick Kyrgios but he did it in three sets. Against Cressy, Medvedev experienced a small physical alert at the level of the upper right leg and had to be manipulated on the court, but he dismissed any risk of complication.

Auger-Aliassime awaits him in the quarter-finals

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“The match was long but, even if I have pain somewhere, by taking a painkiller, I will be able to play my match” on Wednesday, he assured. It will be against the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (9th). Against Cressy, the match was tense, spectacular and undecided until the end, even if, in the end, Medvedev only had one break point against him and he saved it.

Winner of the last US Open, Medvedev could become the first player in the Open era (since 1968) to win his first two Grand Slam tournaments in quick succession. Naomi Osaka did it for the women when she won her first Major at the US Open 2018 and then her second at the Australian Open 2019. Last year, Medvedev was clearly outplayed in the final by Novak Djokovic but this year the Serb is absent.

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