Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev has acknowledged that there won't be much secrets when he and his close friend Daniil Medvedev meet at the Australian Open. Rublev, ranked at No. 8 in the world, is set to meet world No.
4 Medvedev in the Australian Open quarterfinal as both Russians are hoping to land their maiden Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park. Rublev hasn't dropped a set so far at the Australian Open, while Medvedev was pushed into five sets when he played Filip Krajinovic in the round-of-16.
The head-to-head record between the two stands at 3-0 on Medvedev's side as Rublev has never beaten his close friend at the ATP level. "Of course he knows my game, I know his game, but in the end you still need to face in the beginning each other to see the reality, to see the atmosphere, to see how the things are working or not working, how you're feeling, and then you adapt," Rublev said, per Ravi Ubha.
Rublev aiming his maiden Grand Slam semifinal
The Russians are having a strong campaign at Melbourne Park as qualifier world No. 114 Aslan Karatsev also made the quarterfinal at the tournament. "At least one of us [Russian players] will be in the semis,” Rublev said.
“At least that’s the good news. But it’s going to be a tough match. I mean, last time he beat me in the quarters in the US Open. Now we’re again in quarters in the Australian Open. So we’ll see what’s going to happen.
I hope we can show a great fight and great level”. 2019 US Open runner-up Medvedev hasn't dropped a set in three matches played against Rublev at the ATP level. Medvedev handed Rublev straight-set defeats at the 2019 Cincinnati Masters, 2019 St. Petersburg Open and 2020 US Open. It remains to be seen if Rublev can beat Medvedev for the first time.