Last year’s finalist Medvedev now meets the American Maxime Cressy, who surprisingly made it into the fourth round. Cressy, who cannot be denied a certain resemblance to Dominic Thiem on some recordings, slipped into the main field of the first major at the end of December after Thiem’s cancellation. Born in Paris, he knocked out compatriot John Isner in round one and defeated Australian Chris O’Connell in four sets on Saturday.
Medvedev has now won ten Grand Slam matches in a row. “Of course I don’t want to stop in the fourth round,” he then clarified. With four more victories, he could follow the first with the second Grand Slam triumph – and replace Djokovic as number 1.
Medvedev, who had also messed with the audience in Melbourne because of the sometimes exuberant emotions for Nick Kyrgios, scratched the curve with the fans charmingly after his victory. “It’s easier to play against a guy from the Netherlands in Australia than against an Australian,” Medvedev said with a smile and joked to the audience: “Every good relationship has its ups and downs.”
Tsitsipas had received a warning for unauthorized coaching. “I was really far from my coach and my back was to him. I could only laugh at that, I have no idea where that came from.” The Greek is now dealing with Taylor Fritz. Fritz defeated Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP-15) in five sets 6:0,3:6,3:6,6:4,6:3. “Strong server with strong shots. He has guns,” Tsitsipas said.
Medvedev and Tsitsipas are in the same half of the tableau and could face each other in the semifinals. Olympic champion Alexander Zverev is also in this (stronger) half.