'Brutal': Australian Open stars 'looked dead' in punishing match

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Daniil Medvedev saw off Russian countryman Andrey Rublev in a straight sets quarter final victory that was more of a battle of attrition than the final score would let on. Pictures: Getty Images
Daniil Medvedev saw off Russian countryman Andrey Rublev in a straight sets quarter final victory that was more of a battle of attrition than the final score would let on. Pictures: Getty Images

Tennis fans have been surprised by the one-sided result between Russian stars Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev in the Australian Open quarter-finals, with the former's straight sets win described as 'brutal'.

Medvedev, who was been in scintillating form since arriving in Australia, made short work of countryman Rublev 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a noticeably taxing showdown at Melbourne Park.

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Temperatures soared to just over 30 degrees in Melbourne on Wednesday, with the pair taking to the court under the harsh afternoon sun.

From there it was Medvedev who was able to cope with the conditions more effectively, seeing off a first set challenge to dominate the remaining two.

It was a a disappointing end to Rublev's Australian Open campaign, considering the 23-year-old hadn't lost a set on his way to the top eight.

But his chance to proceed to his first grand slam semi-final escaped him, leaving him with an undesirable 0-4 record in grand slam quarter finals.

Instead, Medvedev will face the winner of Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas for the chance to progress to the Australian Open final.

In a tournament that has been something of a war of attrition thus far, tennis fans noted how much Rublev was struggling, particularly following the first set.

Daniil Medvedev happy to outlast Andrey Rublev

Speaking after the match, Medvedev admitted Rublev wasn't the only one to be struggling in Wednesday afternoon's balmy conditions.

The Russian star said he had begun to suffer cramps late in the match, but had tried hard to hide it from his opponent.

Medvedev wasn't joking either, requiring massage treatment before taking to the court for his post-match interview.

“I knew he was cramping too so I had to not show it,” he said. 

“I think I’m one of the first players to make Andrey that tired, so I’m quite happy about it. One of the best matches I’ve played.”

Daniil Medvedev admitted he needed medical treatment before he could muster the strength to do his post-game interview after his quarter-final win. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Daniil Medvedev admitted he needed medical treatment before he could muster the strength to do his post-game interview after his quarter-final win. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Medvedev maintained his impressive record against his Russian rival, having never dropped a set to Rublev in the four times they've faced each other.

He notably also extended his recent unbeaten streak, which extends well past the ATP Cup, to 19 straight matches.

Novak Djokovic and unseeded qualifier Aslan Karatsev will face off in the other Australian Open men's semi-final.

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