Second seed Daniil Medvedev will meet ninth seed Felix Auger Aliassime in the quarterfinal of the 2022 Australian Open on Wednesday, January 26. Get the live streaming options of this Daniil Medvedev v Felix Auger Aliassime match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Daniil Medvedev v Felix Auger Aliassime Head to Head
Medvedev has a 3-0 record against the Canadian. The Russian beat Auger-Aliassime in Canada in 2018, at the U.S. Open semifinal last year and in the ATP Cup earlier this month.
Medvedev Ends Cressy’s Resistance
Last year’s finalist Daniil Medvedev is into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the second consecutive year after a tough four-set win over serve-and-volley expert Maxime Cressy in the Round of 16 on Monday.
A determined Cressy struck 75 winners, including 18 aces, and won a staggering 85 of 139 net points in the match but despite the constant pressure applied by the 6’6″ American, Medvedev remained composed, pulling off a 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (4-7), 7-5 victory in three hours and 30 minutes on the Margaret Court Arena.
Medvedev, who broke his opponent’s serve thrice in the match had 12 breaking chances. The Russian wasn’t broken by the American, however, Cressy did have one break point in the match, which was also a set point at 5-6 (30-40) in the second set, but Medvedev was equal to his task and eventually held serve to force the tiebreak. He dominated the tiebreak to go 2-0 up but saw Cressy come back in the match by taking the next set in the tiebreak.
In the fourth set, Cressy somehow hung on, saving multiple break points in the third, fifth and seventh games to keep the set on serve. Medvedev squandered two more break points in the 11th game but converted a third in the same game to build a 6-5 lead and then raced to victory in the next game to move into the last eight.
The World No. 2 hit 60 winners, including 15 aces. He double faulted just six times to Cressy’s 18 and made only 11 unforced errors compared to his opponent’s 49.
Runner-up to Novak Djokovic last year, Medvedev began his 2022 Australian Open campaign with a 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) win over Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen in the first round. He then overcame Nick Kyrgios in a high-intensity second round clash, beating the Australian 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. In the third round, the Russian had breezed past the Netherlands’ Botic Van de Zandschulp 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.
Overall, Medvedev improved to 7-1 this year, suffering his only loss against Ugo Humbert at the ATP Cup.
Auger-Aliassime Ends Cilic’s Run
Last year, Felix Auger-Aliassime showed nerves at this stage of the Australian Open, losing to Aslan Karatsev after dropping just four games in the first two sets. This year, he displayed his ability to absorb pressure, as he fought back from a set down to beat the in-form Marin Cilic for the first time in his career and advance to a maiden quarterfinal at the Melbourne major.
Broken twice in the first set, the ninth seed was outplayed by the Croatian. He was put under more pressure as Cilic had two set points on his serve at 4-5 (15-40) in the second set, but Auger-Aliassime saved both of them and then saved a third set point a couple of points later in the same game to stay level.
The Canadian eventually took the set in the tiebreak and then dominated the third set to take a 2-1 lead. Both players were good on their serve in the fourth set, which needed another tiebreak to decide the set and once again it was the Canadian who won the tiebreak to close the three-hour-and-35-minute contest 2-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2, 7-6(7-4).
Both players won 86% first-serve points, with Cilic hitting 24 aces and Auger-Aliassime 22. Overall the Croatian hit 61 winners to the Canadian’s 38, but also made 60 unforced errors, 29 more than his opponent.
The 2021 U.S. Open semifinalist had a tough start to the tournament, needing three hours and 40 minutes to win his opener against Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori 6-4, 0-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. His second-round match was an even longer affair and needed four tiebreaks before he battled past Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4) in four hours and 19 minutes.
He had a relatively easy third-round outing on Saturday, beating 24th seed Daniel Evans 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 in an hour and 53 minutes.
Fun Fact: Auger-Aliassime had never beaten his first four-round opponents before. While it was his first meeting against Ruusuvuori and Davidovich Fokina, he had lost his sole match against Evans and all three of his previous encounters with Cilic.
Now he faces another player against whom he has lost all three of his previous matches. Will he keep the trend going?
Medvedev v Auger Aliassime Prediction and Tip
Expect a tough contest, but the World No. 2 will be the favourite to win and advance. Medvedev should keep his perfect record intact against the Canadian.