Thrilled with his form, Daniil Medvedev targets Australian Open title

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Thrilled with his form, Daniil Medvedev targets Australian Open title

Top-ranked Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev is happy with the way he has started his campaign at the Australian Open and he hopes to make a deep run at Melbourne Park. Medvedev, seeded at No. 4, saw off Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena in straight sets 6-2 7-5 6-1 to reach the third round at the Australian Open.

Carballes Baena broke Medvedev in the third game to take a 2-1 lead but then lost three consecutive service games as the Russian won the opener. Medvedev blew an early second set break but broke Carballes Baena in the 12th game to take a two-set lead.

The two players were tied at 1-1 in the third set, before Medvedev won five consecutive games to wrap up a straight-set win. "I have the momentum and I feel like I can do a lot things,” Medvedev said, per the ATP website.

“I hope I can keep it up. So far it’s working and I hope it doesn’t stop. There’s no time to celebrate my birthday in a tournament. I got presents from my wife, but I’ll soon look to my next match”.

Medvedev plays next against Filip Krajinovic

Medvedev hasn't lost a match this year as he won four matches at the ATP Cup and so far has won two matches at Melbourne Park. "It was good in a way that we didn’t lose a match [at the ATP Cup], but on the other side, we played Sunday and had a lot of matches against Top 10 opponents,” Medvedev said in his on-court interview after beating Vasek Pospisil in the first round.

“[I] didn’t know how it would be physically, so I’m happy that I managed to finish it fast and feeling good." It remains to be seen if Medvedev can claim his seventh win of the season when he meets Krajinovic.