Former world number one and seventh seed Daniel Medvedev 29th seed Sebastian Korda of the United States was stunned in the third round of the 2023 Australian Open on Friday. Medvedev, who was runner-up in the 2021 and 2022 editions of the tournament, lost the match in straight sets, with the scoreline 7-6 (9-7), 6-4, 7-6 (7-1). In favor of Korda.
The first set lasted 85 minutes and Korda, son of 1998 Australian Open champion Peter Korda, looked to be running away when he led 4-2 in the third set, with Medvedev fighting back for a 5-4 lead. What did It was the first time in the match that the 26-year-old Russian was leading in a set. The set eventually went to a tiebreak which the American dominated and won 7-1.
Medvedev had earlier defeated John Millman 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 in front of a partisan crowd to reach the third round. The Russian dropped just three games in a first-round demolition of Marcos Gervin, but faced stiff resistance early on from Millman, with plenty of long rallies. “Unbelievable match, I knew what I had to do and even when I was going up and down emotionally I stuck with it,” Korda said after the match. The 22-year-old, who won the junior title at the 2018 Australian Open, produced his best ever performance at a Grand Slam by reaching the round of 16, where he will face 10th seed Hubert Harkaz of Poland.
Medvedev won the US Open two years ago and reached the final in Australia in 2021, when he lost. Novak Djokovicand 2022, when he lost. Rafael Nadal After holding a two-set lead. Medvedev lost the 2021 final to Novak Djokovic and the 2022 title match to Rafael Nadal.
In February 2022, Medvedev became the first man besides Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray to hold the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings since Andy Roddick in 2004. 1999 and Marat Safin won the top position in 2000.