world no. 7 in the world, Daniil Medvedev, is safe in the quarterfinals in Adelaide. The Russian is playing well in the first event of the season, hoping to improve his game before the first Major of the season in Melbourne. Daniil faced Miomir Kecmanovic in the second round and scored a resounding 6-0, 6-3 victory in one hour and seven minutes.
It was their third meeting, and the Russian has yet to drop a set against the Serb. Both players served over 70%, and Daniil was the only one to take advantage of that. Medvedev fired seven aces and dropped 15 points in eight service games.
He denied the only break point he faced and kept the pressure on the other side. Kecmanovic was helpless behind the opening shot, getting three good holds in the second set but losing 55% of the points. Medvedev converted them on four breaks from seven chances, enough to take him over the top.
Daniil Medvedev beat Miomir Kecmanovic in less than 70 minutes.
Daniil was the only player on the court in the opener, serving up a bagel in 28 minutes for a big boost. The Russian held in the first game after a pair of deuces and laid a forehand down the line winner in the second to take a break at 15.
A service winner pushed Medvedev 3-0 up, and he created two break chances in game four after the opponent’s wild forehand. Miomir hit a routine volley in the first to lose serve and fall behind 4-0. Daniil saved a break point in game five with a forehand winner and held to extend the lead.
Kecmanovic hit a long backhand in the sixth game to face two set points. Medvedev seizes the first with a forehand winner that put him 6-0 up in less than half an hour. The Russian clinched the first game of the second set with a forehand down the line winner to extend his streak.
The Serb finally put his name on the scoreboard with a service winner in the second game and gained some momentum. Both players served well in the next five games, with Medvedev opening a 4-3 lead with an ace down the T line.
Miomir produced three comfortable holds before Daniil created break chances with a backhand winner down the line in the eighth game. Kecmanovic saved them and extended play before Medvedev converted the fourth break chance with a backhand down the line winner. The Russian served for the win at 5-3 and held on 30 to seal the deal and move into the last eight.