In the 3rd round of the Australian Open, Russian star Daniil Medvedev faced off against Filip Krajinović. Many expected this to be an easy win for Daniil, but unfortunately, that was not the case as the Russian was pushed to a five-setter.
Daniil Medvedev vs Filip Krajinovic: First 2 Sets
In the first set of the match, Medvedev played amazing tennis. He got an early break to put the pressure on Krajinovic and he went on to break him again at the end of the set to win it 6-3.
Moving into the second set, the Russian continued to play at his best. At 3-2, he was able to break Filip, and he did not let it go to win it 6-3 to take a 2 sets to love lead. The pressure was all on Krajinovic and a comeback from him looked highly unlikely.
Third and fourth sets
In the third set of the match, both players were holding their service games. However, at 4-5, a slight drop in Daniil’s level allowed Krajinovic to get a crucial break to win the third set of the match.
Moving into the fourth set, Medvedev was looking to seal the match. However, Filip had no intention of letting him do so. Very early in the set, the Serb broke him to gain the upper hand. He did not let go of this advantage and won the set 6-3 to level the match at 2 sets all.
The Deciding Set
In the last set of the match, Medvedev got a crucial break to lead 2-0. With some more amazing tennis, the Russian went on to break Krajinovic 2 more times to win the match 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-0.
It was an unfortunate end for Krajinovic who did incredibly well to come back from 2 sets down. However, Medvedev held his nerve to qualify for the 4th Round at the Australian Open.
During the match, Medvedev’s coach left the stadium, a move that surprised fans and players alike. Daniil talked about this and said, “He said just before leaving that he’s sure I’m gonna win the match but he’s gonna leave me alone to be more calm.”
Well, Daniil’s coach was right, and the Russian is now going to face Mackenzie McDonald. Hopefully, he will beat him in straight sets soon enough.
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