Daniil and dusted!


Sebastian Korda stunned two-time losing finalist Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open on Friday, adding the Russian to a growing list of top seeds crashing out early. 

Last-16 clash v Hurkacz 

The 31st-ranked American, son of 1998 Australian Open champion Petr Korda, blasted past the seventh seed 7-6 (9/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) on Rod Laver Arena to race into the Last 16. Korda’s upset teed up a clash with Polish 10th seed Hubert Hurkacz—who battled past Canada’s Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (7/3), 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3—for a place in the quarter-finals. “An unbelievable match, I sort of knew what I had to do and I stuck with it even when I was going up and down with the emotions,” said the 22-year-old Korda, adding that his game plan was “just go for it.”

Daniil Medvedev during his Round Three defeat yesterday. Pics/Getty Images, AFP

‘I’m thrilled right now’

“I’m thrilled right now, I played amazing,” he added. Medvedev was a losing finalist at the last two Australian Opens, to Novak Djokovic in 2021 and then in a demoralising five-set defeat 12 months ago against Rafael Nadal after leading by two sets. He was attempting to become only the fourth man in the Open era to reach three consecutive Melbourne Park finals after Djokovic, Mats Wilander and Ivan Lendl.

Also read: Australian Open chief defends Andy Murray epic 4 am finish

Other key results

Men’s Singles
>> Felix Auger Aliassime bt Francisco Cerundolo 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
>> Jannik Sinner bt Martin Fucsovics 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-0

Women’s Singles
>> Victoria Azarenka bt Madison Keys 1-6, 6-2, 6-1
>> Maria Sakkari loses to Zhu Lin 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 4-6

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