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.
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.