May 13, 2022

Medvedev jostled but qualified, a first for Auger-Aliassime and Sinner … What to remember from the men’s matches of the day

Finalist last year, Daniil Medvedev continues his path to a first crown at the Australian Open. The Russian knocked out American Maxime Cressy in the round of 16. He will be opposed in the quarter-finals to Félix Auger-Aliassime, present for the first time at this level in Melbourne.

Medvedev gets rid of Cressy

Daniil Medvedev knew he had to beware. Maxime Cressy is one of the men in form at the start of the season, notably with a first final on the main circuit during the ATP 250 in Melbourne (defeat against Rafael Nadal). The Russian was jostled by the game of the American-French volleyball player. The world number two still won in four sets (6-2, 7-6, 6-7 and 7-5 in 2h53 of play.

In this match between big servers, the Russian offered only one break point (saved) to his opponent. Conversely, Medvedev procured a dozen (only three converted). Evidence of a meeting between large servers. Finalist in Melbourne last season against Novak Djokovic, he is still on his way to a second Major (after the US Open 2021). He will meet Félix Auger-Aliassime in the quarter-finals.

First Australian Open quarter-final for Auger-Aliassime

The Canadian indeed continues on its momentum. After Wimbledon and the US Open last year, here he is in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the third consecutive time. To qualify, the Canadian had to fight, manhandled by Marin Cilic, finalist in Melbourne in 2018, before winning in four sets (2-6, 7-6 [9-7], 6-2, 7-6 [7-4]) en 3h39.

“I had lost three times against Marin, it’s the first time I’ve beaten him. He’s a champion and I told him at the end! So winning, and in this way, makes me really happy”, savored the world number nine. The Canadian will play for the first time in a quarter-final at the Australian Open for his third appearance. He will have a hard time facing favorite Daniil Medvedev.

Sinner wins the duel of young underdogs

At 20, Jannik Sinner is making his return to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament, after a first at Roland-Garros 2020. For his eighth Major, he eliminated the young Australian Alex De Minaur (22 years old). Facing a player supported by his public, the Italian won in three sets (7-6 [7-3], 6-3, 6-4) and 2h35.

The tenth player in the world took time to get rid of De Minaur in the first set, finally winning in the tie-break. He then unfolded, confirming his very good form since the start of the tournament. In four meetings, Sinner has conceded only one set. He will face the winner of the match Fritz-Tsitsipas for a place in the semi-finals.

While Berrettini will be opposed to Gaël Monfils, Italian tennis has two representatives in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam. This is a first for men since Roland-Garros 1973.