How Felix Auger-Aliassime lost chance to upset Daniil Medvedev in Australian Open quarterfinals

Felix Auger-Aliassime’s breakthrough at a grand slam should wait a bit longer.

The 21-year-old Canadian was in place to upset No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev within the quarterfinals on the Australian Open, however the Russian rallied from two units all the way down to defeat Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (4), 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5, 6-4. The match took 4 hours, 42 minutes and ended effectively previous midnight in Melbourne.

Medvedev will meet fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas within the semifinals.

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“Felix was enjoying unbelievable within the first two units,” Medvedev mentioned on courtroom after the match. “He was serving nice and he was in all places. I did not know what to do. I believed to myself, and folks aren’t going to love this, what would Novak (Djokovic) do?”

After a smattering of boos at Rod Laver Enviornment, Medvedev continued.

“I believed, I’m going to make him work and battle till the final level. I managed to boost my degree through the (third-set) tiebreak.”

Auger-Aliassime, seeded ninth, had a match level within the fourth set in opposition to Medvedev at 4-5, however the defending US Open champion dialed up one in all his 15 aces, then closed out the sport.

“I used to be in a position to hit a serve (on match level),” Medvedev mentioned. “If it was a second-serve, who is aware of what occurs?”

Medvedev then broke Auger-Aliassime when the Canadian double-faulted, and held serve to drive a decisive fifth set.

Medvedev broke Auger-Aliassime at 1-1 early within the fifth set to take the early lead and by no means gave it again.

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Medvedev has rallied from two units down twice in his profession, the primary coming final yr at Wimbledon in opposition to Marin Cilic.

Auger-Aliassime had an opportunity to win in straight units when the third set reached a tiebreaker following 12 consecutive service holds, however Medvedev jumped up early and simply gained the tiebreak 7-2.

Auger-Aliassime reached the semifinals of the US Open final fall, however misplaced to Medvedev in straight units. That continues to be the rising star’s finest efficiency at a serious. Medvedev then went on to upset Djokovic within the last to seize the primary main of his profession.

Medvedev has now gained 12 straight grand slam matches.


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