Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev showcased his resilience as he secured a hard-fought victory over ninth seed Hubert Hurkacz in the Australian Open men's singles quarterfinals on Wednesday. The third seed triumphed with a 7-6(7-4), 2-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 scoreline after an intense battle that spanned just under four hours, all while contending with warm conditions at Rod Laver Arena.
Medvedev, the 2021 US Open champion, unleashed 43 winners against Hurkacz, demonstrating his prowess on the court. This triumph marks his eighth appearance in the semifinals of a major and his third at Melbourne Park. The 27-year-old is now set to face the winner of the quarterfinal clash between second seed Carlos Alcaraz and sixth seed Alexander Zverev, vying for a spot in his third Australian Open men's singles final.
In the realm of active players, only Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray have achieved the feat of reaching three or more Australian Open men's singles finals. Medvedev's advancement to the semifinals ensures that three of the top four seeds, including top seed Novak Djokovic and fourth seed Jannik Sinner, are now in the last-four stage of the men's singles draw. The potential victory of second seed Carlos Alcaraz in the upcoming match against Zverev could make it four top seeds progressing to the semifinals, promising an exciting and competitive conclusion to the tournament.
(With Agency Inputs)