Fourth seed Daniel Medvedev on Monday entered the quarterfinals of the men’s singles at the Australian Open for the first time after a team victory in straight sets over Mackenzie MacDonald.
Medvedev defeated the 25-year-old American 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 in his fourth-round match, which lasted an hour and 29 minutes at the Margaret Court Arena.
“This is an exciting moment (to be) for the first time in () the quarterfinals in Australia, this is a great achievement for me,” Medvedev was quoted as saying in an interview after the match on the ATP Tour website. “I want more all the time, but step by step. So it’s amazing.”
Now Medvedev can face Andrei Rublev – who faces Casper Ruud in the fourth round – in what could be a clash in the quarterfinals.
“Of course I will (welcome) for Andrei, because if he passes, it will be at least one Russian in the semifinals, maybe two with Aslan (Karatsev) in the other half of the draw,” Medvedev said.
With the victory, Medvedev advanced to his third quarterfinal of the Grand Slam and his first to the US Open. He is aiming to become the first Russian men’s Grand Slam champion since Marat Safin won the 2005 Australian Open.