Medvedev rallies in 5, into Aussie semis

(AP Photo/Hamish Blair)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) He lost the first two sets, was low on confidence and was one point from a quarterfinal exit at the Australian Open, so Daniil Medvedev asked himself the question: What would Novak do?

Fair question. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is a nine-time Australian Open champion who finished one win short of a calendar-year Grand Slam in 2021.

Modelling himself after the 20-time Grand Slam champion, Medvedev told himself late Wednesday to make Felix Auger-Aliassime fight for every point.

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2 D. Medvedev 8,935
3 A. Zverev 7,970
4 S. Tsitsipas 6,540
5 R. Nadal 4,875
6 A. Rublev 4,785
7 M. Berrettini 4,568
8 C. Ruud 4,155
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7 A. Kontaveit 4,231
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