Medvedev eliminated from 2023 Australian Open by motivated Korda

Medvedev eliminated from 2023 Australian Open by motivated Korda

by Alfredo Bassanelli

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Two-time Australian Open finalist, Daniil Medvedev ended his journey at the 2023 event already in the third round.

After having no problems against Marcos Giron and John Millman in the first two rounds, the Russian wanted to extend his winning streak also against Sebastian Korda from the United States. Both lost to Novak Djokovic in Adelaide only a couple of weeks ago, and surely both were motivated to advance in the part of the draw, where the first-seeded Rafael Nadal is no more present.

Korda had a much better start when he broke his opponent twice and led 4-1 in the first set. But Medvedev cut the deficit and leveled the score at 5-5. Both players then traded one more break and so a tie-break had to decide the first set. Medvedev never had a set point as Korda won it 9-7 after using his third.

The American jumped ahead also in the second set. He broke his opponent's first serve and never looked back. Korda won 81% of points after his first serve in the second set and with 12 winners, he comfortably defended all of his serves to win the set 6-3.

Medvedev needed to win three consecutive sets to turn the match around, but he didn't enter the third set ideally. Korda broke him once more and the scoreboard soon showed 4-2 for the American.

Former world no. 1 showed signs of resistance once more as he broke back and force a tie-break, but he couldn't outplay his opponent once again and so after three hours and one minute, Korda won the match 7-6(7), 6-3, 7-6(4).

In the next round, he will meet the tenth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz from Poland, who defeated Denis Shapovalov in a five-set battle earlier today.


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