Athletistic/Tennis. World number three Daniil Medvedev will meet ATP ranking ninth Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

The Russian reached the quarter-finals thanks to a four-set victory against Portuguese Nuno Borges. He fought back to win the first two sets, but in the third match things didn’t go as planned when he led 5-2.

Medvedev had two match points on Borges’ serve with the score 5-4, Medvedev lost five games in a row and lost the third set. He stabilized the match in the fourth set and won with a score of 6-3, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-1.

And before that, Medvedev defeated 27th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in the third round with a score of 6-3, 6-4, 6-3, and in the second he was almost eliminated by Emil Ruusuvuori. The Finn led 2-0, but Medvedev made his comeback and won 3-6, 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-0. In the first round, he beat Terence Atmane with a score of 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 1-0. The Frenchman retired in the fourth set.

Hubert Hurkacz qualified for the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory over young Frenchman Arthur Cazeau in the fourth round.

In the third round, Hurkacz, in a tough match, defeated the 21st seed Hugo Humbert with a score of 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-3, and before that, in the second round , just like Medvedev, he played 5 sets and won 1:2 against Jakub Mensik – 6-7 (9), 6-1, 5-7, 6-1, 6-3. In the first round, he defeated Omar Jasik 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-2.

Daniil Medvedev and Hubert Hurkacz faced each other five times, with the Pole leading the encounters 3:2. He won the last meeting in Halle in the final with a score of 6-1, 6-4.

Prediction for the match between Daniil Medvedev and Hubert Hurkacz

Despite the fact that Medvedev had already played 16 sets in the tournament, he looked physically strong. Hurkacz played one set less than the Russian. He scored an impressive 91% points on his first serve and 89% points on his second in his fourth round match against Arthur Cazeau.

Service is Hurkacz’s strong suit; he is one of the most powerful on the ATP circuit. It will depend on his accuracy whether Medvedev will have a chance to catch a break. Hubert usually doesn’t play without mistakes, so Medvedev will have opportunities. Additionally, Daniil plays better defense, holds the ball better and excels in long rallies. Hurkacz relies on quick attacks and approaches to the net.

The Pole has positive statistics in personal meetings with Medvedev, he is a difficult opponent, but based on his current form, Daniil is the favorite.

Forecast: Daniil Medvedev will win in four sets.

Vyacheslav Gorbachev, Athletistic