Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev was a bit surprised to see fellow compatriot Andrey Rublev tired during their Australian Open quarterfinal final clash as the the two often joke about Rublev's durability on the court.
Medvedev, seeded at No. 4, handed a straight-set defeat to Rublev 7-5 6-3 6-2 to make his maiden semifinal at Melbourne Park. "It's the first time to be honest I saw Andrey that tired...we always laugh about him, that he's like a battery, like Duracell or something.
I actually managed to get him tired," Medvedev said, as revealed by Ravi Ubha. Medvedev blew an early first-set break but he broke Rublev in the 12th game to win the opener. In the second set, Medvedev saved three break points in the seventh game, before claiming the lone break of the set in the eighth game.
Medvedev converted his first set point in the ninth game to take a two-set lead. Medvedev then started the third set with back-to-back breaks and easily won the set to book a straight-set win.
Medvedev continues his streak against Rublev
Not only that Medvedev has never lost to Rublev, he has never dropped a set in the four encounters on the ATP Tour.
Rublev, who made the Australian Open quarterfinal without a dropped set, hoped this would be the time he beats Medvedev for the first time. Rublev once again failed to win a set but he remains optimistic that one day he will beat Medvedev.
"We're going to play I hope for many, many years, so at least once I think I will have a chance (laughing). Because every time I play him - at the US Open I had chances; I had set points. Here I had break points & then 1 day it's going to be my day," Rublev said.