Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Auger-Aliassime book Aussie Open 4th round

Medvedev and Auger-Aliassime

Medvedev and Auger-Aliassime

Second seed Daniil Medvedev coasted into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday beating Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4 6-4 6-2.

Dutchman van de Zandschulp had been the only player to win a set against Medvedev when the Russian claimed his maiden grand slam title at last year’s US Open.

But this time around Medvedev did not falter at all en route to a 10th straight win at the majors in 1 hour 55 minutes.

He saved two break-points before clinching the opening set and then never looked back.

“Of course I don’t want to stop [in] the fourth round but I’m really happy,” said Medvedev.

“Every round is very tough and even today if the score doesn’t show this, I feel like it was a tighter match than the score.”

Medvedev was a finalist in Melbourne last year and is now the top favourite in the absence of world number one Novak Djokovic.

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He next plays American Maxime Cressy who beat Australian wildcard entry Christopher O’Connell.

A possible semi-final opponent for Medvedev is Greek fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas who ousted Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3 7-5 6-7 (2-7) 6-4.

Tsitsipas broke Paire at love in the final game to clinch victory in 2:46 hours.

“It was a very important victory for me,” Tsitsipas said. “Benoit is someone that I would say is one of the biggest talents in our game.”

Elsewhere, ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime comprehensively beat Dan Evans 6-4 6-1 6-1.

Also, number 11 seed Jannik Sinner ousted Andy Murray’s conqueror Taro Daniel 6-4 1-6 6-3 6-1.

Taylor Fritz outlasted Roberto Bautista Agut 6-0 3-6 3-6 6-4 6-3, while local hero Alex de Minaur defeated Pablo Andujar 6-4 6-4 6-2.(dpa/NAN)

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