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MELBOURNE (REUTERS) – Daniil Medvedev had to go on Saturday (13 February) dig deep to fend off an attacking Filip Krajinovic, but came through 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-0 to extend his winning streak to 17 games and join the Russian indictment in the fourth round of the Join Australian Open

Medvedev, who lost the only match between the two players at Indian Wells in 2019, blew through the first two sets but looked seriously confused when Krajinovic won the third and took a break in the fourth

It was the tournament’s first failure for the fourth seed and he forced his trainer Gilles Cervara with a few vicious verbal volleys from the otherwise empty stands in the Rod Laver Arena before taking an injury break

Krajinovic, who spent his pre-tournament quarantine with world number 1 Novak Djokovic, was adamant after seeing some success at Medvedev’s forehand and sent the competition into a fifth set

Medvedev had never won a match by five sets in six previous attempts, but a second trip to the bathroom did the trick, breaking the Serb with a crisp forehand winner 2-0 in the playoff

For the rest of the game, the 25-year-old encountered little resistance from Krajinovic, who had previously been beaten for violating the code due to missing a mask when using the toilet

Medvedev, who will next take on the American Mackenzie McDonald, did not expect any problems with his coach after their countermeasures

“He said shortly before leaving that he was sure that I would win the match, but he will leave me alone to be calmer,” he said, “I think it was a good thing”

World No. 1 in the women’s draw Ashleigh Barty overcame a stumbling block and reached the fourth round with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Ekaterina Alexandrova in an empty Margaret Court Arena

The 24-year-old would have expected the support of an extremely partisan crowd for a weekend evening game at her home Grand Slam, but Melbourne’s five-day ban left her playing in front of officials, ball kids and coaches

While most of the other players saw lots of empty seats on the WTA tour last year, it was a new experience for Barty who chose to stay home amid the Covid-19 pandemic around the world raged

“It’s very strange, I’ve never seen it in my life,” she said. “It changes the sound of the dish. A little rude but I like it I love the crowd, but I loved the sound of the ball”

Barty said she was happy with how effective her backhand had been, despite admitting that she may have gone there too often

“I’ve never played with her and never hit with her,” she said of her opponent

“I just had to figure out where to place the ball and change my patterns, but I was happy with the run I was able to make”

Barty, who wants to become the first domestic Australian Open individual champion since 1978, will fight against the American Shelby Rogers for a place in the quarter-finals

Medvedev switched to compatriot Aslan Karatsev in the fourth round after the Russian qualifier against Diego Schwartzman brought out a straight set on Friday

The seventh seed Andrey Rublev later made it to a trio of Russians in the last 16 with a 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 win over 39-year-old Spaniard Feliciano Lopez at Margaret Court Arena

“I feel great physically, I haven’t had long games and I feel fresh,” said Rublev, who will face Casper Ruud with Medvedev in the quarter-finals

Stefanos Tsitsipas barely broke a sweat when he passed Sweden’s Mikael Ymer 6: 4, 6: 1, 6: 1 to book a date with the Italian Matteo Berrettini, who saw the Russian Karen Khachanov in three tie-break Sets defeated

Khachanov’s loss meant Russia missed a record of four men in the Open era in the last 16 of a Grand Slam

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