Frustrated Medvedev stays on course for successive Grand Slams

Last year’s finalist Daniil Medvedev overcomes Maxime Cressy and his own frustration to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open where he will take on Felix Auger-Aliassime for a place in the semi-finals

Last Updated: 24/01/22 9:42am

Daniil Medvedev ranted about the match being boring as he overcame Maxime Cressy to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals
Daniil Medvedev ranted about the match being boring as he overcame Maxime Cressy to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals

Daniil Medvedev held off unseeded American Maxime Cressy to set up a quarter-final clash with Felix Auger-Alissime at the Australian Open and stay on course for successive Grand Slams.

French-born American Cressy plays a throwback serve-and-volley game and has had an excellent start to the season, reaching the final of the Melbourne Summer Set.

Medvedev’s emotions threatened to boil over after he lost the third set but the US Open champion stayed just cool enough to win 6-2 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (4-7) 7-5.

“It was not easy,” said the second seed. “If I wouldn’t win the fourth one, I’d probably be in a difficult mental shape because I had so many break points. Hell of a match. The fourth set was crazy.”

Medvedev ranted about the match being boring and declared it his unluckiest day ever as Cressy kept hitting the lines on big points before the Russian eventually took his ninth break point of the fourth set.

Felix Auger-Aliassime battled past Marin Cilic in four sets to reach the quarter-finals for a third successive Grand Slam
Felix Auger-Aliassime battled past Marin Cilic in four sets to reach the quarter-finals for a third successive Grand Slam

Ninth seed Auger-Aliassime outlasted 2018 runner-up Marin Cilic 2-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 7-6 (7-4) in three hours and 35 minutes on John Cain Arena to reach his first quarter-final in Melbourne.

Auger-Aliassime, 21, joins compatriot Denis Shapovalov in the last eight, marking the first occasion that multiple Canadian men have reached the quarter-finals at a Grand Slam.

British duo through to last-eight in Melbourne

Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski made it into the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles.

Salisbury is looking to reach a third straight final with American partner Rajeev Ram after winning the title in 2020 and finishing runners-up last year.

They have been untroubled so far and beat Australian wild cards Dane Sweeny and Li Tu 6-4 6-4 in the third round.

Skupski and new Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof have made a dream start together, winning two ATP Tour titles in the build-up to the year’s first Grand Slam.

The 10th seeds were also straight-sets winners on Monday, beating American Marcos Giron and Kwon Soon-woo of South Korea 6-3 6-4.

They will take on Australians Matt Ebden and Max Purcell in the last eight while Salisbury and Ram meet Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini, with the winners to face each other in the semi-finals.

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