AUSTRALIAN OPEN:RUBLEV VS MEDVEDEV

Things could not have looked any rosier for Russian tennis at the moment. Three grand slam quarter finalists has greatly enhanced the chances of a first Grand slam champion from that part of the globe since Marat Safin shocked Sampras at Flushing Meadows in 2000. Medvedev bested his compatriot here in straight competitive sets 7-5 6-3 6-2. The quality of shots in the first set was top drawer, neither player giving an inch. Daniil getting the break to go 4-2 up thanks to a forehand top right corner which had too much juice for Andrey. Point of the match. With the door slightly open for Rublev in the very next game(Daniil serving up 4-2 down 0-30) some good hitting had Daniil on the defensive leading up to an easy forehand volley at the net. One might think that is point won. Daniil somehow so the angle to forehand the ball cross court for the winner. That was as good as it got for Daniil who gave the break back to Rublev to lead 4-3. The set went on serve from thereon until 6-5 with Rublev serving to stay in the set. A calamitous service game from Andrey , committing unforced errors left right center and hitting a routine forehand volley winner straight at Daniil who was on the back foot, gave the game to love to Medvedev as well as the set 7-5.

In the second set, the rallies got longer and longer. The direction of the match was probably determined in the seventh game at 3-3 with Medvedev serving.Some good defensive shots saw Daniil holding serve after a spirited challenge from Rublev. Now 4-3 up Daniil seized the opportunity, or should we say way given to him the shiny platter. Down 30-40 break point Rublev hits a forehand straight at the net. Daniil would hold to win the set 6-3. At two sets up you would be a brave man or lady to bet against Daniil making the last four. In the third, Rublev lost his serve in his very first., missing a lob which looked impossible to execute(So why try it) at break point. Daniil holds to go 2-0 up. Rublev drops his next service game to go 3-0 down. The match slipping away from the promising up and comer. Medvedev goes up 4-0 monster forehand cross court winner exclamation point at game point 40-30. Rublev would get two more games but that was all he got.

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