Medvedev to meet Auger-Aliassime in Australian Open quarters

In the men’s fourth round, Auger-Aliasseme knocked off Marin Cilic in four sets while Medvedev overcame Maxime Cressy.

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Last year's finalist, Medvedev, next meets Felix Auger-Aliassime for a place in the semifinals.

An agitated Daniil Medvedev teed off at the chair umpire and lost his cool in the heat before steadying to claim a 6-2, 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 7-5 win over Maxime Cressy and book his second Australian Open quarter-final on Monday.

The Russian second seed found the American serve-and-volley exponent a tough nut to crack at Margaret Court Arena, and his frustration spilt over after losing the third set.

Apparently refused a request to leave the court to freshen up, Medvedev barked at the French chair umpire Renaud Lichtenstein and complained that Cressy was spending too much time between serves.

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Medvedev's frustration only grew as eight break points slipped through his fingers in the fourth set before he finally slipped a forehand past the American in the 11th game to take his serve.

Medvedev wrapped up proceedings with a slew of huge serves before stepping in to thrash a forehand winner on match point.

Last year's finalist, Medvedev, next meets Felix Auger-Aliassime for a place in the semifinals.

Auger-Aliassime books quarterfinal berth

Canadian ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime earned a quarterfinal berth when he outlasted veteran Croatian Marin Cilic 2-6, 7-6(7), 6-2, 7-6(4) at the on Monday.

Cilic raced through the first set in only 35 minutes, but the long second set proved pivotal.

Auger-Aliassime squandered four set points under a baking afternoon sun, while also saving one with an ace.

But the 21-year-old finally won the set at the fifth opportunity to even the match, and dominated the next set as 33-year-old Cilic's errors mounted as he became frustrated at the length of time his opponent took between serves.

Both players held serve in the fourth set to set up a tiebreaker, in which Auger-Aliassime prevailed with outstanding serving, closing it out with an ace in front of a small but excited crowd.