Daniil Medvedev says his 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Andrey Rublev at the Australian Open was one of his best ever performances in the tournament.
Medvedev vanquished his compatriot in straight sets in incredibly tough conditions in Melbourne as the sun baked down on both players.
Not only has the win put him into the last four of the Australian Open, but it will also see him climb to a career high best of number three in the rankings next week.
Asked if it was hard to play one of his best friends, Medvedev replied: “We’re all competitive so you can see during the match that nothing matters.
“You just need to win and get to the semis of a grand slam. I think my game matches his quite well.
“I’ve known him a long time so I know how to neutralise his big shots.
“It was definitely one of the best matches I’ve played not only here in the last couple of years.”
Medvedev will now play the winner of the Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafael Nadal match and he, like the rest of us, can’t wait to watch it.
“I’m really happy I can watch a match like this,” he said.
“I don’t think they’ve played many matches on the ATP Tour, but all the matches they’ve played have been three and a half hour matches out of three sets so really interesting to see.
“I’m going to prepare for the opponent, it is not going to be easy whoever wins.”
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