Ebene News – AU – ‘I couldn’t move my leg’: Medvedev pushes through cramp to defeat Rublev

Non4th seed Daniil Medvedev won the Australian Open battle against the Russians, beating Andrey Rublev in straight sets 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 in the heat of the Rod Laver Arena Wednesday afternoon

After a tense first set, Medvedev pulled away in the second set and then broke early in the third to demoralize his leading opponent Non7 Rublev looked physically and mentally spent for the majority of the final set

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A 112 km / h second serve in the third game of the third set illustrated Rublev’s depleted energy levels, and Medvedev broke again to take a 3-0 lead and make the final set a formality

Medvedev displayed his typically robust defense against Rublev, absorbing much of the pressure from his compatriot.The depth of his punches was also a grip for Rublev and the key to his dominance that day

The match was Rublev’s fourth appearance in a Grand Slam semi-final after playing twice at the US Open (2017 and 2020) and once at Roland Garros (2020)

Medvedev, 25, will face Rafael Nadal or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-final on Friday, with another Russian – qualified Aslan Karatsev – in the other semi-final against Novak Djokovic on Thursday

It wasn’t just Rublev struggling physically either, Medvedev had to get a quick physio rub after the match to be able to stand properly in the post-match interview

â ???? I just went to the bench the last game of the game and I’m starting to have cramps in my quad I had to not show it Last three points getting ready for the serve I couldn’t move my legâ ????

â ???? I just went to the bench the last game of the game and I’m starting to have cramps in my quad I had to not show it, â ???? Medvedev said

He said the hot weather had been “super hard” given that there had been mild conditions most of the time so far in Australia

We had a max of 20C to 23C and you come on, quarterfinal against Andrey [and it’s hot] and we had some amazing rallies and after the point it’s hard to breathe, a ???? he said

– It’s never easy but we are all so competitive that during games nothing matters I think my game matches his game pretty well I know how to neutralize his incredible clichés, â ???? he said

Daniil Medvedev, Rublev, Andrey Rublev

Ebene News – AU – “I couldn’t move my leg”: Medvedev pushes through cramp to defeat Rublev

Source: https://www.theage.com.au/sport/tennis/i-could-not-move-my-leg-medvedev-pushes-through-cramp-to-defeat-rublev-20210217-p573g8.html