Daniil Medvedev admitted the conditions in his Australian Open quarterfinal win over Andrey Rublev were extremely challenging.
Medvedev beat his compatriot 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 to move into the semi-finals, but the sweltering conditions in Melbourne took a toll on both players.
Rublev was visibly struggling to breathe between points, especially after one 43-shot rally, and Medvedev himself revealed he started cramping in the dying stages.
“The last game of the match I started cramping in my quad," Medvedev said on-court afterwards.
"I knew he was cramping too I saw it. I had to not show it. I managed to make some big serves and then in the end I locked completely.
“I would say the last three points when I was getting ready for the serve I could not really move my left leg so it was not easy and I knew if I lost the game he was going to see it so I was happy I won the game.
“If you come to Australia and it’s plus 40 every day it’s not easy but at least you’re kind of used to it.
"Here we’ve usually had days where it’s been 20 degrees, 20 maximum and then on the side it’s not that hard.
“Then you come into the quarters against Andrey and we’ve had some unbelievable rallies and after the point it’s tough to breathe.
"I think I’m one of the first players to make Andrey that tired on the court so I’m quite happy about it."
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