26th January, 2022
Russian Daniil Medvedev was generous in his commendation for his Australian Open quarter final foe, Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, who stretched him to a five-set thriller.
The World number two won at the end 6-7 3-6 7-6 7-5 6-4, to book a semi-final date with Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas.
It was an epic match that Medvedev will never forget too soon. The tennis world will also not forget the encounter.
“I have no idea [how I hung in there]. I was not playing my best and Felix was playing unbelievable”, Medvedev said.
He was all over me and I do not know what to do. So I thought to myself – and some people won’t like this – what would Novak do?”
“I just fight to the last point and manage to raise my level for the next game. I played better [when the roof was closed].
“My hand was slippery [when the roof was open] so the roof closing helped my hand be less sweaty.”
Tennis Canada was full of praises for Auger-Aliassime, tweeting:
“He fought hard. He left it all out there. He went toe-to-toe with the favourite to win the
“In the end, it wasn’t to be, and Medvedev defeats Félix Auger-Aliassime in a great 5-set comeback, 6-7, 3-6, 7-6, 7-5, 6-4.
“Canada is proud”.
Medvedev’s next opponent Tsitsipas is familiar to him. Both played in the semis last year. Tsitsipas lost in three sets.
“It’s the semi-final of a grand slam so even if if I am tired I am going to give it everything. Last year I managed to play pretty well. Let’s hope we can have a good match.”