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Daniil Medvedev calls Miomir Kecmanovic a 'tough opponent'

Updated on: 05 January,2023 09:20 AM IST  |  Adelaide

Daniil Medvedev considers his win over Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic ‘great’; Russian joins Aryna Sabalenka in Adelaide International quarter-finals

Daniil Medvedev calls Miomir Kecmanovic a 'tough opponent'

Daniil Medvedev returns to Miomir Kecmanovic at the Memorial Drive in Adelaide. Pics/Getty Images

Former World No.1 Daniil Medvedev locked in an all-Russian Adelaide International quarter-final with Karen Khachanov on Wednesday, while Aryna Sabalenka stormed back to book her place in the last eight. 

Medvedev, runner-up at the last two Australian Opens, blew away the new year cobwebs with a 6-0, 6-3 romp over Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic. It came a day after the 2021 US Open champion had to save nine set points against first-round opponent Lorenzo Sonego before the Italian retired hurt. 

“I think it was a great match. Miomir is a tough opponent, a high-ranked player so there are no easy guys left in Adelaide,” third seed Medvedev said of the 29th-ranked Serb.

“I’m not sure there were any [easy opponents] from the first round, so really happy to be through, happy with my level.” Next up is eighth seed Khachanov, who eased past Britain’s Jack Draper 6-4, 6-2. 

Miomir KecmanovicMiomir Kecmanovic

Nishioka advances

Rising Japanese star Yoshihito Nishioka also went through. Having dispatched fifth seed Holger Rune in the first round, he backed up to beat American Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-3. His reward is a last-eight clash with either Australian qualifier Alexei Popyrin, who stunned second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime on Monday, or American Marcos Giron.
World No.5 Sabalenka came back from 1-5 down in the first set to fight past dogged Russian Liudmila Samsonova 7-6 (10/8), 7-6 (7/3) and make the quarter-finals. She will meet Marketa Vondrousova for a place in the last four after the Czech player’s dominant 6-0, 6-4 dismissal of Estonian Kaia Kanepi. 

Aryna Sabalenka during her match against Liudmila Samsonova yesterdayAryna Sabalenka during her match against Liudmila Samsonova yesterday

“When you’re 1-5 down there’s nothing to lose and you just go for your shots without thinking,” Sabalenka said of clawing back against a player who collected trophies in Tokyo, Cleveland and Washington last year to crack the top 20.  

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Andreescu beaten

Russian World No.9 Veronika Kedermetova also progressed, beating Canada’s Bianca Andreescu 6-4, 6-0, while Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk overpowered Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-3.

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