Daniil Medvedev didn't have any problems with Botic van de Zandschulp but claimed afterwards van de Zandschulp played a good match. Medvedev, who is bidding to win his first Australian Open title, saw off van de Zandschulp 6-4 6-4 6-2 to reach the round-of-16 at Melbourne park.
"Today was I think the best match, because to be honest, the score doesn't say everything about the match. Botic played really good. I even want to say he played, I think in my opinion, better than in US Open but maybe served a little bit worse," Medvedev said, per Sportskeeda.
Medvedev claimed one break in each of the opening two sets and broke van de Zandschulp twice in the third set to book a straight-set win.
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"Almost like every game where I could break him, I managed to do it.
I think I had two games where I didn't break him when I had breakpoints, but it was enough today," Medvedev continued. "And, yeah, pretty happy about my level. Served well. Didn't get broken, even if he had opportunities.
Was running pretty well. Yeah, was doing some good shots. Happy about my performance and looking forward to the next match." After beating van de Zandschulp, Medvedev spoke about his hate-to-lose mentality. "The thing is that even when I was, I don't know, 50 in the world, of course, probably not going to win a Grand Slam, but I wanted to win.
I hate to lose. I want to win every match I play," Medvedev noted. Also, Medvedev explained why he criticized the Australian crowd after his second round win over Nick Kyrgios. "The other night I don't feel like there was anything wrong.
I just talked about exactly one thing, which is between first and second serve, because the rest is, of course they are going to support Nick, I'm not stupid, you know," Medvedev said.