Sunday, April 2, 2023

Auger-Aliasime lost to Medvedev in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open by a five-setter

Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassim is just days away from a major upset at the Australian Open.

Second seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia defeated No. 9 of Montreal 6-7(4), 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. The match lasted for four hours 42 minutes.

Medvedev, who became the top-ranked player in the season’s opening Grand Slam after Novak Djokovic’s exile, fought match point in the second set, going 5-4.

Medvedev then missed three break points in his first service game in the fifth set. Soon after that catch, which drew it 1–1, Medvedev recorded the decisive break as Auger-Aliasime double-faulted in the game.

Auger-Aliassie had a trainer taken out to look at his right ankle to reduce the deficit to 3-2 in the fifth set.

The Canadians had another break-point opportunity trailing 4-3, but Medvedev clinched a serve winner en route to the hold.

But it still wasn’t over. Medvedev went 15-40 with serve and 5-4 before fighting for the win.

Medvedev won the most recent Grand Slam – the 2021 US Open – and lost to Djokovic in last year’s Australian Open final.

The 21-year-old was 0-3 against Auger-Aliassim Medvedev coming into the match, which included a straight-sets loss in last year’s US Open semifinal – Canada’s best performance at a Grand Slam – and a 6-4, this month’s Initially lost 6–0 in the ATP Cup in Australia.

Medvedev will now face fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the semi-finals. Tsitsipas lead head-to-head 5-2, including victories in the last five matches.

Spain’s sixth seed Rafael Nadal, bidding for a record 21st Grand Slam title, will take on Italy’s seventh seed Matteo Berrettini in the second semi-final. Nadal defeated Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in a five-set quarterfinal on Tuesday.

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