February 28, 2024
Medvedev Marches Into Australian Open Quarter-Finals
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Medvedev Marches Into Australian Open Quarter-Finals

Two-time runner-up Daniil Medvedev has defeated Portugal’s Nuno Borges to book a place in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

The Russian third seed was made to work hard by the courageous world number 69 before getting over the line 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-1 after more than three hours on Rod Laver Arena.

He will meet Polish ninth seed Hubert Hurkacz for a place in the last four. Before this year’s Australian Open, Borges had never won back-to-back Tour-level matches outside of Davis Cup and his lack of pedigree was ultimately exposed.

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The key difference was the unforced error count, with Borges making 66 to Medvedev’s 34.

But it was nevertheless a sterling effort by the 26-year-old, who was the first Portuguese player ever through to the second week in Melbourne.

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