Daniil Medvedev reassured him claim as an Australian Open contender when he brushed aside Mackenzie McDonald 6-4 6-2 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals and extend his winning streak to 18 matches on Monday.
World No.192 McDonald had some luck going to the net but could not match the power of Medvedev’s serve or the intensity the Russian brought to bear on big points.
The Russian converted six of the seven break points he carved out, the last to win the match and set up a last-eight clash with countryman Andrey Rublev. Both players are on an undefeated streak to start the season after steering Russia to a dominant ATP Cup title run.
“If you give him high balls, he’s going to try to destroy them”: Medvedev on McDonald
“It’s an exciting moment [to be] in [the] quarter-finals in Australia for the first time, that’s a great achievement for me,” Medvedev said in his post-match interview. “I want more all the time, but step by step. So this is amazing,” He added.
When asked about the Russian contention in men’s singles, Medvedev said he’ll be cheering for his friends.
“Of course I’m going to be [cheering] for Andrey, because if he goes through it’s going to be at least one Russian in the semis, maybe two with Aslan [Karatsev] in the other half of the draw,” Medvedev further said.
Andrey Rublev later defeated Casper Ruud to make an All-Russian QF.
“When you play Mackenzie, many times he’s going to be in control of the games and you just need to defend,” Medvedev said. “I knew that I needed to play a lot of low balls, because he plays really flat and aggressive. If you give him high balls, he’s going to try to destroy them. That’s what he did in a few moments,” he added.
“I was just trying to stay as much as possible in the points… and I managed to take all my chances today,” he concluded.