Melbourne, January 24, 2024, The Europe Today: In a display of remarkable resilience and skill, third seed Daniil Medvedev secured his place in the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the third time after a thrilling quarter-final clash against Hubert Hurkacz. The Russian endured a marathon encounter on Wednesday, ultimately emerging victorious with a 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 triumph over the determined Polish player.
The Rod Laver Arena witnessed an epic battle lasting nearly four hours as Medvedev, a two-time losing finalist at Melbourne Park, went head-to-head with the ninth seed Hurkacz. The encounter was marked by intense rallies, strategic plays, and remarkable displays of athleticism.
Medvedev, a former U.S. Open champion, showcased his grit and determination, navigating through the challenges posed by Hurkacz, who twice rallied from a set down. The Russian, known for his distinctive playing style, mixed power with finesse, grizzling and moaning his way around the court before securing victory with a delicate drop shot.
“I’m so destroyed right now,” expressed Medvedev, who had previously played a five-set marathon in the second round that stretched into the early hours of the morning. “I felt like every game where I had a small chance, I managed to take it. So really, really happy and proud about that. Because with him, you don’t get many chances.”
Hurkacz, displaying commendable resilience, converted five of 15 break points and made Medvedev work hard for every point. Despite the defeat, the Polish player acknowledged the intensity of the contest, stating, “I wish I could have gone a little bit further, but still, you know, I gave it all today. It wasn’t enough.”
Medvedev’s victory sets the stage for a semi-final clash with the winner between Carlos Alcaraz and Alexander Zverev. As the Russian advances to his eighth Grand Slam semi-final, tennis enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the unfolding drama in the quest for the Australian Open title.