Triumphant ATP Cup teammates Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev will conflict in an all-Russian Australian Open quarter-final after making a slice of tennis history at Melbourne Park.
The red-hot Medvedev prolonged his successful streak to 18 matches with a 6-4 6-2 6-3 fourth-round victory over unseeded American Mackenzie McDonald earlier than Casper Ruud retired harm in his match in opposition to Rublev on Monday.
The seventh-seeded Rublev was main 6-2 7-6 (7-3) when the Norwegian known as it quits.
With qualifier Aslan Karatsev additionally by means of to a last-eight assembly with Grigor Dimitrov, three Russian males are into the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time within the 53-year skilled period.
“It’s positively one Russian within the semis, three Russians within the quarters … first time within the history. It’s nice for our sport,” Medvedev mentioned.
“We’re each, with Andrey, actually completely happy for Aslan, as a result of he was practising good in ATP Cup. We felt like he may do one thing wonderful.
“To be trustworthy, being in your first grand slam predominant draw and making quarters is one thing distinctive. He’s not over but.
“Let’s see how he does tomorrow.”
Medvedev had been pushed to the restrict in his third-round victory over Filip Krajinovic however had no such bother in opposition to McDonald.
“It was an important match. I used to be feeling the ball nice, I used to be serving nice,” mentioned the 2019 US Open runner-up and 2020 ATP Finals champion.
“So I’m actually completely happy. It’s an thrilling second to be within the quarters in Australia for the first time.
“However I at all times need extra. It’s step-by-step.”
His attacking fashion likened to the nice Roger Federer, McDonald tried every thing to unsettle Medvedev, rallying from the again and dashing the online.
However nothing labored because the relentless world No.4 progressed in lower than 90 minutes.
“I completed at 1.30, which is essential within the later levels of the grand slams, to make quick matches,” Medvedev mentioned.
“Once you play Mackenzie, many occasions it’s going to be him controlling the sport and also you simply have to defend.
“I knew that I wanted to place some low balls as a result of he performs actually flat and aggressive, so to present him excessive balls he’s going to attempt to destroy it.”
Rublev loved a breakout season final 12 months, reaching the final eight of the French and US Opens and chalking up a tour-best 5 titles.
His rise is displaying no signal of slowing.
Like Medvedev, the 23-year-old has received all eight matches he’s performed in Australia this summer season.
However the world No.8 faces his sternest check but on Wednesday.
“At the very least one in every of us might be within the semis so it’s excellent news nevertheless it’s going to be a tricky match,” Rublev mentioned.
“Final time he beat me within the US Open quarters and (we play within the) quarters once more.”
The winner this time may strike Rafael Nadal within the semi-finals after the Spaniard continued his quest for a report twenty first profession main with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 demolition of Fabio Fognini.