Comeback king Daniil Medvedev reaches Australian Open semi-finals

Jonathan Davies in Australian Open 26 Jan 2022
Medvedev headlines the action on Saturday (Dubreuil Corinne/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images)

Daniil Medvedev produced a remarkable turnaround to stun Felix Auger-Aliassime in the deciding set of an epic Australian Open quarter-final.

The second seed recovered from losing the opening two sets and survived match point in the fourth before prevailing 6-7(4), 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-5, 6-4 after over four-and-a-half hours on Laver.

Notching up his 50th win at a Slam, Medvedev became only the third player to overturn that deficit at the season’s first major after David Ferrer (against Nicolas Almagro) in 2013 and Stefanos Tsitsipas (against Rafael Nadal) eight years later.

Appearing in his third successive quarter-final at a Slam – and first at Melbourne Park – Auger-Aliassime drew first blood as he took an hour-long opening set in a tie-break.

The ninth seed then broke in the second to double his lead and close in on a second straight major semi-final, having also reached the last four at Flushing Meadows.

However, Medvedev dug deep; dominating the third-set tie-break to keep his hopes alive, before rescuing match point in game 10 of the fourth and breaking in the next to level proceedings.

With the pressure intensifying, the US Open champion then broke in game three of the decider after two double faults from Auger-Aliassime.

It proved crucial as the 2021 runner-up subsequently held to book a semi-final date with Tsitsipas, who maintained his perfect Slam quarter-final record with a straight-sets (6-3, 6-4, 6-2) victory over Jannik Sinner.

The fourth seed required a deciding set to defeat Taylor Fritz in the previous round, but endured no such difficulty this time around.

The French Open runner-up is through to a third Australian Open semi-final in four years.

Meanwhile despite 12 double faults, Iga Swiatek recovered from a set down for a second successive match to see off Estonian veteran Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-3.

The seventh seed avoided becoming the latest top-10 player to fall victim to the 36-year-old, who was targeting a maiden Slam semi-final after stunning Aryna Sabalenka in round four.

The former Roland Garros champion will face Danielle Collins in the semi-finals after the American beat Alize Cornet 7-5, 6-1.

Cornet had enjoyed a fairytale run at Melbourne Park; reaching her first Slam quarter-final in 63 attempts.

However, she was no match for the 27th seed, who booked her second appearance in the last four in Victoria.


Australian Open 2022 Results

Wednesday January 26


Rod Laver Arena

Danielle Collins (USA) 7-5, 6-1 Alizé Cornet (FRA)
Iga Swiatek (POL) 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-3 Kaia Kanepi (EST)
Jannik Sinner (ITA) 3-6, 4-6, 2-6 Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-7(2), 5-7, 4-6 Daniil Medvedev (RUS)

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