Por Sudipto Ganguly
MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) – World number two Daniil Medvedev said he feels at his best after Saturday’s 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 win over Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp, with which the Russian reached the fourth round of the Australian Open to maintain his quest for a second consecutive Grand Slam title.
Medvedev, the top-ranked player remaining in the men’s draw due to Serbian Novak Djokovic’s absence, broke his opponent’s serve four times to win in less than two hours at Margaret Court Arena.
“I think today was the best match because, to be honest, the score doesn’t say everything about the match,” the Russian told reporters. “I’m happy with my level. I served well. I didn’t get broken and hit some good shots.”
Against Van de Zandschulp, the Russian saved all three break points he faced. While he managed to hit two fewer game winners than his opponent’s 28, Medvedev had 13 fewer unforced errors.
The Melbourne Park finalist in 2021 will face American Maxime Cressy, who defeated local Christopher O’Connell, for a place in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, local Alex de Minaur beat Spaniard Pablo Andújar 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time in his career.
Now it will be measured in the round of 16 with the Italian Jannik Sinner, seeded eleventh, who beat the Japanese Taro Daniel in four sets.
The Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas also advanced to the round.
(Information from Sudipto Ganguly; Edited in Spanish by Javier Leira)