Medvedev battles back from the brink to win Australian Open epic

Daniil Medvedev mounted a stirring comeback to beat Felix Auger-Aliassime in their quarterfinal in Melbourne

Daniil Medvedev saved match point as the Russian star was forced to dig deep before staging a brilliant fightback to beat Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime and move into the Australian Open semifinals.

An out-of-sorts Medvedev was staring down the barrel of an upset as ninth seed Auger-Aliassime opened up a two-set lead in Melbourne and had match point on the Medvedev serve in set four.

But despite being far from his best in a sluggish performance, the world number two roused from his slumber to break the resolve of his 21-year-old rival and see out the contest 6-7 3-6 7-6 7-5 6-4, in an epic lasting almost five hours on Rod Laver Arena.

Never count @DaniilMedwed out 🙅‍♂️

From two-sets-to-love down, the world No.2 completes the comeback to defeat Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7(4) 3-6 7-6(2) 7-5 6-4 and advance to his second consecutive #AusOpen semifinal.#AO2022 pic.twitter.com/Pbel08qtGM

— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2022

Installed as the tournament frontrunner Down Under after the deportation of nine-time champion Novak Djokovic, US Open winner Medvedev is still on course to become the first man to follow up a maiden Grand Slam title with victory at his next appearance at a major.

But those chances hung in the balance on what was a limp night for Medvedev for large periods, before he finally conjured up some form to set up a semifinal with Greek fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who had been impressive in his straight-sets quarterfinal victory over Jannik Sinner earlier on Wednesday.

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