de Minaur charges into French Open quarterfinals after overcoming Medvedev

Australia’s Alex de Minaur has defeated Daniil Medvedev to advance to his first French Open quarterfinal.

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In doing so de Minaur becomes the first Australian male to reach that stage of the tournament since 2004. Lleyton Hewitt was the last to get that far.

Medvedev was on top early after getting a break of serve in the third game of the match. de Minaur almost broke back when Medvedev was serving for the set at 5-4.

de Minaur got his first break of serve for 4-2 in the second set, shortly after Medvedev called for a trainer to receive treatment for blisters on his right foot.

It was now that Medvedev started making more errors to help de Minaur take the second set.

The Australian charged through the third set and then got an early break in the fourth.

Medvedev would break back before de Minaur took control of the match when breaking for a 4-3 lead. He consolidated the break with a love service game.

de Minaur broke again to claim the match 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 .

“I want to say thank you to everyone,” said De Minaur (in French) at his post-match interview. “It’s an incredible atmosphere. For me, I didn’t hope to be here in the quarter-finals of Roland Garros because me, on terre battue (clay), I didn’t play very well in the past years.”

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