To you, Novak. Daniil Medvedev looked absolutely unstoppable at the Adelaide International and now looks forward to a delicious semi-final against Novak Djokovic.
Daniil Medvedev seemed absolutely unstoppable at the Adelaide International on Wednesday as he flew past Miomir Kecmanovic 6-0, 6-3 to secure an all-Russian quarterfinal with Karen Khachanov.
Medvedev had lost his last four tour matches before landing in Adelaide and looked rusty on his 2023 debut on Tuesday as he fought his way through nine set points against Lorenzo Sonego before the Italian was forced to retire in the second set.
But it was another Medvedev – former world No. 1 and two-time Australian Open runner-up – who faced Kecmanovic.
The world No. 7 dropped just 12 points in an opening set that lasted less than half an hour, sweeping his Serbian rival off center court.
Kecmanovic made a much better fist in the second set, however, Medvedev broke world No. 29 to take a 5-3 lead, holding steady to secure his safe passage to the next round.
“Miomir is a tough opponent, (a) high-level player – there are no easy guys here in Adelaide anymore and I’m not sure there were any in the first round so I’m really happy to have progressed. I’m very happy with my level and I’m looking forward to the next games,” said Medvedev.
It keeps alive the delicious prospect of a semi-final meeting between Medvedev and Djokovic in a replay of the 2021 Australian Open final.
Djokovic weathered his opening round match with Frenchman Constant Lestienne on Tuesday and appears to have picked up where he left off in 2022 after losing just one match since the French Open.
Before that, it’s Medvedev-Chachanov in a first meeting between the Russian couple since 2019.
Originally published as Adelaide International 2023: Daniil Medvedev sets his sights on Novak Djokovic’s blockbuster
https://www.codesports.com.au/tennis/adelaide-international-2023-daniil-medvedev-eyes-novak-djokovic-blockbuster/news-story/011180174ff95882e5748e1a995e0639?nk=5880f4fe867cede4a9aaa4d859408668-1672818726 Adelaide International 2023: Daniil Medvedev has his sights set on Novak Djokovic’s blockbuster