"I’m a bit disappointed with myself" - Medvedev eyes perfection despite straight sets win

"I’m a bit disappointed with myself" - Medvedev eyes perfection despite straight sets win

by Tom Grant

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Daniil Medvedev admits he is a 'little disappointed' with himself despite a straight-sets win over home boy John Millman in the second round of the Australian Open.

The Russian is aiming for his third Melbourne Park final in a row and took out a spirited Millman 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 in two hours 19 minutes.

Medvedev is yet to drop a set so far this tournament but he cursed his performance - particularly in the first set - whilst at the same time praising his defeated opponent.

He said:

“I think it was a great match. Even the score in the second and third doesn’t reflect everything that went on the court. First set he managed to break me three times. That’s not that often that it happens, so I’m a little bit disappointed with myself, but he played amazing. So big credit to John.”

Despite the one-sided score line, the opening set was tight, with momentum repeatedly shared by the pair, with six breaks of serve in the first ten games.

And the number seven seed explained there were times during the contest he was struggling with his fitness, as was Millman.

He added:

“Physically for both of us it was tough I think. One moment in the first set I was like, ‘How am I going to handle this?’ I was pretty tired, I just had to try to continue. There was one point on break point for me, it was a good rally, and I made my one cross-court [shot] and he didn’t even run. I was like, ‘OK, it’s tough for him also.’ “It was not easy first set. I think I was going for too much sometimes, so second and third I started playing a bit slower.”

Medvedev now faces a tricky tie against in-form American Sebastian Korda - a man who almost won over Novak Djokovic in the final of the Adelaide warm-up event.


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