MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Former champion Stan Wawrinka emerged from a loss of confidence in the middle of the game and fought fourth Russian Daniil Medvedev, who won the Australian Open quarter-finals with a 6-2 2-6 4-6 7-6 (2) achieved) 6-2 victory on Monday.
The Swiss Stan Wawrinka celebrates his victory against the Russian Daniil Medvedev. REUTERS / Issei Kato
The 23-year-old Medvedev came to Melbourne with four titles and 59 wins in the main round after a season in 2019 and took on Wawrinka on Monday after winning both career meetings at Grand Slams in four sets.
But the Russian could not find a way behind the struggling Australian Open winner of 2014 and thus landed at the highest level of the men's draw so far.
Wawrinka, who won the last of his three Grand Slam titles at the 2016 US Open, achieved an impressive winner after three hours and 25 minutes.
"This was another great game that was really hard to play against Daniil. I lost to him at the US Open but today there was a strong result in the fourth and fifth sets," he said.
“The level was super high and it was a great atmosphere. It is amazing to keep playing here. I'm really happy to be able to continue playing at this level here, and I'm looking forward to the quarter-finals. "
Wawrinka was flawless in the opening set and wrestled with a double break in the Russian service.
Medvedev, who lost five sets to Rafa Nadal in last year's US Open final, ended the competition by interrupting Wawrinka twice in the second game and being ahead of the third game in the seventh game.
The points got longer in the fourth game, both players refused to give in and only in the tie break Wawrinka managed a clear lead to force a decisive set.
Wawrinka drove the momentum and interrupted Medvedev's first service game in the fifth and another break in the seventh round sealed the competition in his favor.
After his win, the 34-year-old patted his forehead and patted his chest as the crowd at the Margaret Court Arena cheered him on.
"I find the answers, I lost a bit of confidence in the second and third sentences, but I knew that everything was on the mental side of things," he said.
Wawrinka meets German Alexander Zverev (seventh) or Russian Andrey Rublev (17th) to qualify for the semi-finals.
Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman / Peter Rutherford