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Australian Open 2021 day six: Medvedev v Krajinovic, Bencic in action and more – live!

by Scott Heinrich - Sat 13 Feb 2021 04.53 GMT First published on Sat 13 Feb 2021 02.06 GMT 739 Views 40 Comment

Fourth set: Krajinovic* 3-6 3-6 6-4 5-2 Medvedev (*denotes server): Medvedev unfurls a lovely cross-court winner to get back to 30-15 but an even better drop shot takes Krajinovic to 40-15 and then to game. Krajinovic is suddenly bossing his service games. Medvedev walks to his chair, shooting death stares to the Melbourne sky and shouting the word: “Unbelievable!” Looks like his coach might be returning to his seat. And now Medvedev has called for an injury time-out. Glute? Krajinovic sits and waits. Bit like a tragicomedy, this. Shame nobody is there to see it!

Multiple US and Israeli officials insist there is a long-standing relationship between the two men and constant contact at other levels of government. But calls placed to leaders in Asia and Europe reflect the Biden administration's belief that confronting China and Russia as well as repairing relations and damaged alliances are among its top priorities, multiple administration sources said. While Israel is still a critical ally, one source familiar with the White House thinking said there is some sense of payback in making Netanyahu wait for a call. Medvedev was NOT happy with his coach after dropping the third set!

Fourth set: Krajinovic 3-6 3-6 6-4 4-2 Medvedev* (*denotes server): A comfortable service game for Medvedev. My, did he need that. Maybe his coach doing a runner will do the trick. Fourth set: Krajinovic* 3-6 3-6 6-4 4-1 Medvedev (*denotes server): Krajinovic has found another gear, fresh reserves of energy. While Medvedev looks planted on the court, the Serb is moving freely and this was a very, very comfortable holding of serve. Incredible, really. Medvedev looks dead-set shot. Looks to be some bickering between Medvedev and his coach between games. And I’m not 100% sure but it looks like said coach has now left the building. Just upped and left. Goneski! Fourth set: Krajinovic 3-6 3-6 6-4 3-1 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Will Medvedev get his serve back on track? He needs to. Krajinovic has a spring in his step and goes to a 0-30 lead before Medvedev executes a brave winner across the court. Then, at 30-30, Krajinovic leaps into a cross-court winner before breaking serve courtesy of a Medvedev error. This match has turned on a dime. Medvedev’s first serve percentages this set are below 50%. They were near 90% in the first two sets. Danger signs. Third set: Krajinovic 3-6 3-6 3-1 Medvedev* (*denotes server): A rare sloppy shot from Medvedev gives Krajinovic a 0-15 lead, then another to take the game to 0-30. Could this be Krajinovic’s moment? Now at 0-40, it may very well be. Medvedev misses his first serve but still wins the point off his second serve to save the first of three break points. A delicious drop shot then sets up the point for Krajinovic, who seals the deal and finally breaks Medvedev’s serve.

16m ago 04:44 Fourth set: Krajinovic* 3-6 3-6 6-4 2-1 Medvedev (*denotes server): And it’s even more comfortable for Krajinovic, who gets his first serve going to speed to a 40-0 lead. Medvedev claws one point back, and then another with a cross-court winner that kisses the outside of the line, but a baseline error from the fourth seed hands the game to Krajinovic. Games going to serve. Fourth set: Krajinovic 3-6 3-6 6-4 1-1 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Medvedev hasn’t had a comfortable service game for some time but this is more like it racing to 30-0 and then 40-15 after Krajinovic barrels a return of serve into the net. And it’s soon one game apiece as Medvedev holds with relative ease.

Fourth set: Krajinovic* 3-6 3-6 6-4 1-0 Medvedev (*denotes server): Let’s see how Medvedev responds after dropping his first set of the tournament. Krajinovic hits long to fall to 15-30 and then hits long again to gift two break points to Medvedev, who himself goes long returning a deep, fast first serve from the Serb. Another big first serve by Krajinovic takes the game to deuce but he then lets Medvedev back in courtesy of a wild miss down the line. And now Medvedev commits an unforced error on break point, hitting long, before Krajinovic rushes the net to claim the advantage. And he finishes the job, saving three break points to hold serve. He has a chance here. Medvedev is not at the level he was in the first two sets. Third set: Krajinovic 3-6 3-6 6-4 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Interesting. Very interesting. Medvedev looks to be rushing his serve and it’s Krajinovic who races to a 0-30 lead. But sealing the deal has been an issue for Krajinovic, who lets Medvedev back in at 30-30 before going to set point. An unforced error - the ball hits the tape but can’t cross onto Medvedev’s side - takes the game to deuce, but Krajinovic shows much the better composure as Medvedev hits wide on set point to hand the Serb the third set. Two breaks of serve there for Krajinovic, who has worked his way back into this match nicely. And twelve winners in that set for Krajinovic compared to eight for Medvedev, whose first serve percentages were tellingly off after two very good sets in that area. Game on.

Third set: Krajinovic* 3-6 3-6 5-4 Medvedev (*denotes server): Medvedev rips another wonderful two-handed backhand winner down the line, and then a forehand winner to take a 30-15 lead, and an error from Krajinovic suddenly hands Medvedev two break points. The Serb saves one, and then another as Medvedev hits long under pressure. Good hustle from Krajinovic, who then claims game point at the end of a gruelling rally. But Medvedev is nigh on impossible to deny. He creams another cross-court winner to take the game back to deuce before advancing to break point as Krajinovic crashes the net after another lengthy rally. A big serve takes the game again to deuce, and Krajinovic’s bravery is awarded with a sweet backhand winner down the line. The Serb keeps his composure to hold serve, bossing the point from the net to keep Medvedev at bay just that little bit longer.

48m ago 04:12 Third set: Krajinovic 3-6 3-6 4-4 Medvedev* (*denotes server): An early point for Krajinovic raises hopes for the Serb and he follows up with a delightful winner to go to a 0-30 lead. A mishit at the net from Medvedev awards Krajinovic two break points. Big time of the match. Now or never from Krajinovic. Medvedev saves one break point, and then another courtesy of his eighth ace. From deuce it’s fairly straightforward for Medvedev, who stares adversity in the face and stares it down. Four games all reads better for Medvedev than Krajinovic serving for the set. Third set: Krajinovic* 3-6 3-6 4-3 Medvedev (*denotes server): Really nice court coverage from Krajinovic, and remarkably good reaction hitting at the net, takes the Serb to 40-30 and it’s soon game over as Krajinovic holds comfortably. He’s largely outclassed against the fourth seed but not going out without a fight.

Third set: Krajinovic 3-6 3-6 3-3 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Another baseline rally and both men work hard, but it’s Medvedev who emerges with the first point. But Krajinovic fights back well, forcing a volleyed error from Medvedev to take the game to 30-30, and then to deuce after hitting hard and working Medvedev around the court. Another ace hands Medvedev game point before Krajinovic hits long to make it three games apiece in the third set. Not the most comfortable of service games for Medvedev, but a held one all the same. Third set: Krajinovic* 3-6 3-6 3-2 Medvedev (*denotes server): But Krajinovic is no Thiem. Medvedev dominates early in the game to go to a 0-30 lead, but an error and then a dominant point off a big first serve restores parity at 30-30. Game in the balance, Medvedev curls a winner past Krajinovic off a tepid volley to claim a break point. Strong serving from the Serb takes the game to deuce before a poor volley from Medvedev hands Krajinovic game point. To and fro, the game returns to deuce before Medvedev hits the baseline to go to advantage but yet again he can’t take the break. Oh lord, Krajinovic then misses an absolute sitter of a volley before hitting wide to hand Medvedev an immediate break back of serve. Not-so-easy come, easy go.

Third set: Krajinovic* 3-6 3-6 2-1 Medvedev (*denotes server): It’s all Krajinovic, who holds to love in a rare spell of dominance over his opponent. But to get back in this match, he must break. And to do that, he must take his chances when they present. Third set: Krajinovic 3-6 3-6 1-1 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Krajinovic tries to match motors at the baseline with Medvedev, but he seldom has the quality or composure to do so. The Russian wins a long rally to take a 15-0 lead and then a 30-15 lead as Krajinovic’s ambitious down-the-line attempt just misses. He then gets it right across the court to take the game to 30-30. Medvedev then hits long from deep court to award Krajinovic a break point. First serve wide, Krajinovic now has a big chance to break for the first time but Medvedev has heart. He charges the net off his second serve, forcing the error from Krajinovic, before strolling the next two points to yet again hold serve. Third set: Krajinovic* 3-6 3-6 1-0 Medvedev (*denotes server): Krajinovic looks to be running out of ideas, or puff even, as more more lazy strokeplay gives Medvedev a 15-30 lead. A nice first serve then forces a 30-30 stalemate before a drop shot juuuuuuust lands in to hand the Serb game point. He accepts the invitation to hold serve but it wasn’t exactly convincing.

Second set: Krajinovic 3-6 3-6 Medvedev* (*denotes server): An early blow for Krajinovic, who takes a 0-15 lead after Medvedev finds the net from the baseline. Another error from the fourth seed takes the score to 15-30 before Krajinovic peels off a big winner down the line to claim two break points. Medvedev saves one and then the other off his second serve as Krajinovic gets edgy from the baseline and hits long. That was Krajinovic’s chance and he blew it: Medvedev first rips a fast second-serve ace - !!!!!!!! - before deuce is restored, only for Medvedev to own the game from the net and claim the second set as Krajinovic meekly sends his backhand into the net, and barely halfway up it for that matter. Too good, Just too good. Second set: Krajinovic* 3-6 3-5 Medvedev (*denotes server): The two men slug it out from the baseline and it’s Krajinovic who shows better to advance to a 30-0 lead. But yet another unforced error from the Serb, again from the baseline, puts Medvedev back in the game. A glorious double-backhand-volley cross-court winner from mid-court puts Medvedev even more into the contest, but Krajinovic holds his nerve to hold his game. Next, though, Medvedev will serve for the second set.

Second set: Krajinovic 3-6 2-5 Medvedev* (*denotes server): A nice ace from Medvedev - his fifth of the match - sets him on the right course and Krajinovic is barely a bystander as the Russian races to a 40-15 lead. Medvedev hits wide to fluff his first chance to hold but the next point has his name on it and it’s another cosy hold of serve for the fourth seed. Krajinovic just doersn’t look like breaking, and that’s proving to be more than a trifling problem. Second set: Krajinovic* 3-6 2-4 Medvedev (*denotes server): As good as Krajinovic’s serve can be, he lacks Medvedev’s consistency and Medvedev soon assumes control, ripping a cross-court backhand winner to go to 0-30, then 0-40 and three break points courtesy of a Krajinovic error. Another Krajinovic error, unforced hitting a backhand into the net, sees Medvedev break to love. This would be the turning of the screw.

Second set: Krajinovic 3-6 2-3 Medvedev* (*denotes server): A rare false shot at the net from Medvedev gives Krajinovic a sniff at 15-15. But as soon as the door opens it seemingly closes, Medvedev shifting through his gears on first serve to hold to 15. Medvedev is winning on almost 90% of his first serves. Hard to break a service game of that quality. Second set: Krajinovic* 3-6 2-2 Medvedev (*denotes server): Delightful serve-volleying from Krajinovic, who goes deep and then rushes the net to go to a 40-15 lead. Under pressure from another strong first serve, Medvedev then hits long as games go to serve in this second set.

Second set: Krajinovic 3-6 1-2 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Medvedev commits his first double fault of the match to slip to a 0-15 deficit but he soon regains command with solid serving and assured ground strokes to speed to 30-15. But a rare unforced error restores parity at 30-30 and then, blimey, another double fault hands Krajinovic his first break point of the match. But Medvedev is having none of it, taking risks and playing bold tennis to unleash a big down-the-line winner from well behind the baseline. Break point duly saved, Medvedev then closes the case with ease to hold serve. Krajinovic must find a way to crack this hard nut. Second set: Krajinovic* 3-6 1-1 Medvedev (*denotes server): Krajinovic is a finer server when he’s on and it’s seen to good effect here as Medvedev struggles to cope with the Serb’s strong first serve. But Medvedev is never out of it and he scraps his way back to 40-30 before Krajinovic rushes the net and wins the point to hold serve.

Second set: Krajinovic 3-6 0-1 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Medvedev finds himself in a bit of bother at 30-30 before good, old-fashioned composure gets him to 40-30. The rally of the match then goes to Krajinovic as Medvedev hits long before a drop shot, and then a winner at the net that almost cuts Krajinovic in half, awards advantage to the fourth seed. But an error from Krajinovic then hands Medvedev his service game. The second set goes to script and to trend: Krajinovic is winning some points, but Medvedev is winning the points. First set: Krajinovic* 3-6 Medvedev (*denotes server): Great court coverage from Medvedev, and yet more clean striking, puts Krajinovic under pressure. An error takes the score to 30-40, and a set point for Medvedev. His attempt down the line just misses but Krajinovic can’t capitalise at deuce, finding the net to give his opponent another set point. Krajinovic can’t save this one, however, as another unforced error - his tenth of the set - hands the first set to Medvedev. Really good signs from the fourth seed.

2h ago 02:52 First set: Krajinovic 3-5 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Medvedev has looked almost unbeatable on serve today - all tournament, to be fair - and Krajinovic is powerless against one of the cleanest strikers of a tennis ball in the game. Winners here, errors on the other half of the court there, and Medvedev holds to love. Impressive. First set: Krajinovic* 3-4 Medvedev (*denotes server): Better again from Krajinovic, who goes to a 30-0 lead on the back of some aggressive net play. He’s looking far more dangerous the more he moves around the court. Medvedev would seemingly prefer this match to be played from the baseline. Strong serving throughout sees Krajinovic hold to love but that break still belongs to Medvedev. First set: Krajinovic 2-4 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Another good rally but again it’s Medvedev who wins the point as his clean, powerful hitting is too much for Krajinovic to handle. The Russian closes out the game with a crunching first serve that Krajinovic slices back into the net. Medvedev has settled much the better and is good value for his lead.

First set: Krajinovic* 2-3 Medvedev (*denotes server): Krajinovic runs Medvedev around the court around the court to take a 30-0 lead, then a 40-0 lead following a nice rally that was decided by a Medvedev mishit at the net. Another comfortable enough service game from the Serb but it’s still Medvedev with the break. First set: Krajinovic 1-3 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Krajinovic draws first blood but parity is soon restored at 15-15 as Medvedev rushes the net and volleys truly. A wide miss, and then an error after a big first serve from Medvedev, sees the Russian speed to 40-15 and before you know it, Krajinovic hits long to surrender a little too meekly.

First set: Krajinovic* 1-2 Medvedev (*denotes server): Better serving from Krajinovic - or more specifically, better first serving - and Medvedev is under pressure all game as the Serbian holds to love to get on the scoreboard. 2h ago 02:33 First set: Krajinovic 0-2 Medvedev* (*denotes server): Both men are happy to let these early exchanges take place from the baseline. Medvedev is the happier of the two, however, as more errors from Krajinovic takes the score to 40-0, then 40-15, then 40-30 as the Serbian approaches the net and smashes a big winner, but Medvedev holds his nerve to take a 2-0 lead in the first.

First set: Krajinovic* 0-1 Medvedev (*denotes server): Krajinovic to begin and his service game is immediately under the pump as some unforced errors from the baseline sees him teetering at 0-30. Medvedev then blunders himself before unfurling a sweet cross-court winner to claim two break points. And he doesn’t need asking twice, hitting another cross-court winner to take the early break. Back to the Thiem-Kyrgios drama-fuelled epic, Jonathan Howcroft was not only there last night but good enough to burn what midnight oil was left to file this report. Treat yourself to a read.

Around the courts...
On Margaret Court Arena, fifth seed Elina Svitolina encountered few difficulties in disposing of 26th seed Yulia Putintseva, the Ukranian winning 6-4 6-0 to advance to the fourth round. And just a few moments ago on Rod Laver Arena, sixth seed Karolina Pliskova blew a 5-0 lead in the second set to go down 5-7 5-7 to 25th seed Karolina Muchova, marking an almighty choke and the exit of another big name. On John Cain Arena, Jessica Pegula continued her impressive run with a 6-2 6-1 win over fellow unseeded player Kristina Mladenovic. Speaking of Svitolina, how’s this for a winner to settle a rally?

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