Daniil Medvedev, a two-time Australian Open finalist, has advanced without incident to the third round of the season’s first Major. At Margaret Court Arena, Daniil defeated hometown favorite John Millman 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 in two hours and 19 minutes.
Before the Russian produced a late break, the Australian fought well in the opening round. It encouraged Medvedev, who in sets two and three was the only one on the court. Ten aces from Daniil were followed by 32 unforced mistakes and 33 wins.
The former world number one had severe issues with the second serve, and of of seven opportunities given to Millman, she was broken three times. After forfeiting more than half of the points gained from the opening shot, the lower-ranked player needed more to maintain a competitive edge.
Daniil converted these into eight breaks from 13 possibilities, which was sufficient to complete the deal quickly on the court. The Russian played well overall but had a significant advantage in the rallies that were the shortest and most advanced.
John Millman was defeated by Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open Round 2.
In the first game of the match, Daniil won a lengthy rally to secure a chance at love. In game two, Millman came back after the opponent’s errant backhand to tie the match at one.
The Australian suffered her second consecutive break and gave the Russian a 2-1 lead when she committed a double fault in the third game. In the fourth game, Daniil received an ace to secure the opening hold and a 3-1 advantage. In the sixth game, John fought valiantly and secured the tiebreaker with a forehand winner on his fourth break opportunity to tie the match at 3-3.
The Australian player performed better in those circumstances and had a chance to make his second break at 4-3. Medvedev held for a score of 4-4 after Millman missed a forehand. In the ninth game, Daniil won a long exchange and hit a forehand winner to take the lead 5-4.
In game 10, the Russian mishandled a set point on serve and netted a backhand to lose serve and even the score at 5-5. In the eleventh game, Millman blasted a forehand fault and lost 6-5 instead of building on that.
In 63 minutes, Medvedev won the set with a second serving and four straight games for a 7-5 score. In the second set, Daniil delivered four smooth holds while maintaining pressure on the opposing team. In the third game, he broke at love and held at 15 in the following one for a 3-1 victory.
In the fifth game, Millman missed a simple forehand and lost serve once more, increasing the deficit. After an hour and 47 minutes, Daniil held at 5-2 on his set-winning serve and went up 2-0 in the second set. In the third set, nothing changed as a past finalist continued to play effectively and wait for opportunities on the return.
In the first game, Millman missed a backhand to lose service, and Medvedev held at love for a 2-0 victory. In the fifth game, the Russian painted a backhand down the line winner to defeat his opponent and take a 4-1 lead. In the seventh game, John saved two match points while serving and won the game. Daniil maintained his composure and hit an ace at 5-2 to secure the victory and advance to the third round.