Medvedev endures Kyrgios, an advancing crowd in Australia

Melbourne, Australia — Daniil Medvedev faced a hostile crowd and a complete array of Nick Kyrgios explosions and tricks, and was calm long enough to reach the third round at the Australian Open.

Kyrgios in 115th moved the crowd, hitting tweens and drop shots, mixing the pace of ground strokes, and throwing an armpit serve to frill the Russians in second place.

Medvedev stayed calm, and after losing his third set, quickly went to the locker room and won 7–6 (1), 6–4, 4–6, 6–2 at the Rough Rod Laver Arena on Thursday. Did.

In a court television interview with former champion Jim Courier, Medvedev was asked how he was able to stay so calm.

“If a boo occurs between the first serve and the second serve, that’s the only option,” he said, causing the crowd to boo.

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Nick Kyrgios of Australia shot back between his feet in the second round against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open Tennis Championships in Melbourne, Australia on January 20, 2022. (Hamish Blair / AP photo)

Kyrgios usually likes to play at the John Cain Arena, known locally as the People’s Court, as fans with a ground pass can get in and sing and sing violently.

He managed to turn the full ticket stadium court into something similar to a soccer stadium.

In the seventh game of the third set, Kyrgios bunted Medvedev’s backhand towards his body, started a circular run behind the baseline and celebrated as if he had scored a goal, two break points. I got a chance.

When he changed breaks, he danced in a switch and cheered up the crowd. Medvedev turned down the volume in two service breaks in the fourth set, defeating the talented but unstable Kyrgios for the first time in three attempts. He served from 31 ace to 17 ace in Australia, converted 4 out of 11 breakpoint chances and saved 7 out of 9 on his serve.

Medvedev later said he could have misunderstood the boos and imitated the “siiiuuu” sound that football fans shouted when Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal.

“But in the end, they offered a big show to the spectators, so they’re still a fun match,” he said. “Maybe Nick is more, because he’s a big entertainer.

“I think it was the best match to watch. Not only congratulations as usual, but I’ve already received a lot of messages like” Wow, what a match! “

Medvedev, who won second place last year, revenged his loss by defeating Novak Djokovic in the US Open final.

Anyway, Djokovic is now in second place as he was deported the night before the tournament because he did not meet Australia’s strict COVID-19 vaccination regulations.

Another candidate for half the draw is a regular, fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas defeating Sebastian Baez 7–6 (1), 6–7 (5), 6–3, 6–4. I ran to.

Other men’s second round winners include Andrey Rublev in 5th place, Roberto Bautista Agut in 15th place, Taylor Fritz in 20th place, Marin Cilic in 2014 US Open, and Alex in 32nd place.・ De Minaur is included. Australian wildcard entry Chris O’Connell confused 13-seeded Diego Schwartzman with 7–6 (6), 6–4, 6–4.

Five-time runner-up Andy Murray lasted only two rounds. Two days after winning the Australian Open for the first time in five years, the former 1st place lost to 120th place Taro Daniel 6–4, 6–4, 6–4.

There were many surprises in the female draw on the fourth day. Garbine Muguruza in 3rd place was sent off just minutes after the loss of Anett Kontaveit in 6th place.

US Open champion Emma Raducanu lost 6–4, 4–6, 6–3 in a night match against Danka Cobinic. For the first time, Covinic will reach the third round of the Grand Slam tournament, where he will face two major champions, Simona Halep.

Raducanu needed treatment for blisters on his right hand two nights after defeating 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round. In addition to recent attacks of the coronavirus, blisters convinced some of her team that 19-year-old Raducanu should not play.

“I haven’t played tennis for 21 days, so my hands have become much softer,” said Raducanu, who won the qualifying for the second major at the US Open. “It’s gotten pretty deep, but it’s a little tricky, because I know it’ll recover in a few days. It’s just an unfortunate timing.”

The second seeded, Arina Sabalenka, made nine double faults in the first two service games, twelve in the first set, and appeared to be on the verge of defeat in the second round. –4, 6–2.

She will then face Roland Garros, the 2019 runner-up, 31-seeded Marka Vendrusova.

Kontaveit lost Clara Tawson, 6–2, 6–3 to 19 years old. Clara Tawson will make his debut in the third round against the 2019 Australian Open semi-finalist Danielle Collins.

2020 French Open Champion No.7 Iga Swiatek, No. 19 Elise Mertens and Sorana Cirstea were moving forward among other women. Zhang Shuai of China is No. Twelve Elena Ribakina finished the match 6–4, 1–0 and advanced to the third round.

Samantha Stosur has permanently retired from singles after losing to 10th place 6–2 and 6–2. Anastasia Pavlychenkova has completed the 20th Australian Open of the 2011 US Open Champion.

Muguruza was unable to score a single break point, suffering a 6–3, 6–3 defeat to Alizé Cornet and making 33 unreasonable mistakes, more than double the total of his opponents. did.

“I was a little surprised at my level. I was a little disappointed,” he said. Two major champions, Muguruza, the 2020 Australian Open runner-up who won the WTA Finals at the end of last season, said.

And the 61st cornet? She called herself a “little dinosaur.”

She has participated in the 63rd Career Major Tournament and has participated 60 times in a row, but never exceeded the 4th round.

Cornet will have a chance to rival the show when he plays Tamara Zidane Zids on Saturday, his 32nd birthday.

John Pai

Associated Press