World No. 4 Daniil Medvedev praised Serbian tennis star Filip Krajinovic after their clash at the Australian Open, Medvedev, seeded at No. 4, survived a tricky Krajinovic challenge as he beat the Serb in five sets 6-3 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-0 to reach the Australian Open round-of-16.
Medvedev won the opening two sets of the match and it appeared that he would claim another straight-set win in Australia. But world No. 33 Krajinovic fought back and forced a fifth set against the heavy favorite Medvedev.
“He played unbelievable, especially in the fourth set,” Medvedev said on court, per the ATP website. “Third set I had some chances… He raised his level. I tried to change my position on the return in the fifth set and it seemed to be working well, I guess”.
Medvedev wins his first five-setter
Entering his third round clash at the Australian Open, Medvedev was 0-of-6 in his six matches that went into five sets. “I remember many of these five-set matches. I think three or four of them I would be a break up or something like this.
I always say experience is key for me, so in this fifth set I felt like of course it was tight, but as soon as I got the break, I was under control,” Medvedev said. “In contrast with the previous matches where I could get tight, start to rush things, to make some errors.
Here I was… really calm to finish the match and I’m really happy that I got my first five-set win”. In the fourth set, Medvedev's coach Gilles Cervara left the stadium and did not return. After the match, Medvedev claimed nothing bad happened between them.
“He said just before leaving that he’s sure I’m going to win the match, but he’s going to leave me alone to be more calm,'' Medvedev said.