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Australian Open 2021 Results, Day 6: Medvedev progresses, Pliskova crashes out

Australian Open 2021 Results, Day 6: Daniil Medvedev came through in five for the first time in his career, advancing to the fourth round of the Australian Open for the third consecutive year.

By: Reuters |
Updated: February 13, 2021 3:56:45 pm
Daniil Medvedev was the runner-up to Nadal at the 2019 U.S. Open. (File Photo)

The sixth day of the Australian Open is usually one of the best attended of the Grand Slam fortnight but there was an eerie quiet around the Melbourne Park precinct as play got underway on Saturday.

A snap five-day lockdown to try to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 came into effect just before midnight on Friday, restricting Victoria’s six million residents to their homes and shutting fans out of the tennis.

MEDVEDEV SURVIVES KRAJINOVIC TEST

Daniil Medvedev was forced to dig deep to fight off a charging Filip Krajinovic on Saturday but came through 6-3 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-0 to extend his winning streak to 17 matches and join the Russian charge into the fourth round of the Australian Open.

The 25-year-old, who had lost his six previous five-setters, joined compatriot Aslan Karatsev in the fourth round after the qualifier manufactured a stunning straight sets upset of Diego Schwartzman on Friday.

With seventh seed Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov also in action on Saturday, Russia could end up with an open era record four men in the last 16 of a Grand Slam.

TSITSIPAS ADVANCES WITH EASY WIN

Fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas needed just over 1-1/2 hours to see off Sweden’s Mikael Ymer 6-4 6-1 6-1.

RUBLEV RACES INTO FOURTH ROUND

Russia’s seventh seed Andrey Rublev extended his winning streak to seven matches in 2021 with a 7-5 6-2 6-3 win over Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez.

BARTY BOUNCES INTO FOURTH ROUND

World number one Ash Barty overcame a stumbling start to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Ekaterina Alexandrova at an empty Margaret Court Arena on Saturday.

The 2019 French Open champion, who is looking to become the first homegrown Australian Open singles champion since 1978, will play American Shelby Rogers for a place in the quarter-finals.

FIFTH SEED SVITOLINA INTO FOURTH ROUND

Fifth seed Elina Svitolina survived an early wobble to cruise into the fourth round with a 6-4 6-0 victory over Kazakh Yulia Putintseva on Margaret Court Arena.

PLISKOVA KNOCKED OUT

Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova’s frustration boiled over as she smashed two rackets during a 7-5 7-5 defeat by fellow Czech Karolina Muchova.

Pliskova was also docked a point for racket abuse in the tunnel between the two sets.

MERTENS MARCHES PAST BENCIC

Belgium’s Elise Mertens, who reached the semi-finals at Melbourne Park three years ago, fired 22 winners in a 6-2 6-1 win over Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic.

VEKIC BATTLES PAST KANEPI

Croatia’s 28th seed Donna Vekic saved a match point as she rallied from a set down to beat Estonian Kaia Kanepi 5-7 7-6(2) 6-4.

BRADY ROLLS INTO LAST 16

American Jennifer Brady, seeded 22nd, held off a spirited challenge from Slovenian qualifier Kaja Juvan in the second set before claiming a 6-1 6-3 victory.

PEGULA POWERS INTO FOURTH ROUND

American Jessica Pegula reached the fourth round in a Grand Slam for the first time in her career with a 6-2 6-1 victory over France’s Kristina Mladenovic.

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