Daniil Medvedev beat Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 to make it into the fourth round of the Australian Open 2022.
Daniil Medvedev eased into the fourth round of the Australian Open 2022 on Saturday (January 22). The US Open 2021 champion beat Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in their third round match.
It was a pretty regulation win for Medvedev, who had to play four sets in his second round match against Nick Kyrgios. But the Russian showed no signs of fatigue against Van de Zandschulp.
He was in control of the match early on, breaking the Dutchman as early as the third game of the first set. To make things better, Medvedev would also save three break points in the course of the match.
Medvedev also remained in control for the other two sets. He fired home a total of 26 winners and 10 aces as he sealed the win in an hour and 55 minutes.
Cruising his way into the last 16 ✈️
The No. 2 seed @DaniilMedwed secures his place in the second week for the fourth year running!
— ATP Tour (@atptour) January 22, 2022
“I am really happy because every round at a Grand Slam is very tough,” Medvedev said in his on-court interview.
“Even today the score doesn’t show this, but I feel like it was a much tighter match than the score showed. Hopefully I can play here many more years. I hope there will be more good times than bad times otherwise it doesn’t work.”
The Russian chose to play deep in the baseline in order to neutralise Van de Zandschulp’s serve. This caused the big Dutchman plenty of problems, as he could not settle into a rhythm against the higher-ranked player.
As such, it was little surprise when Van de Zandschulp’s Australian Open 2022 came to an end. This was his second appearance at the Grand Slam; his first came in 2021 when he lost to Carlos Alcaraz in the opening round.
Interestingly, this isn’t the only time in recent memory that Van de Zandschulp has lost to Medvedev either. They previously faced off in the quarterfinals of the 2021 US Open.
That Grand Slam was seen as a big breakthrough for the Dutchman. However, in the final eight of the tournament, he lost to Medvedev; the Russian would go on to win the Grand Slam, his first since turning professional.
Medvedev will next face either Maxime Cressy or Australian wild card Christopher O’Connell. He is looking to become the first player to