Medvedev celebrates his 16th birthday Victory in a row
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Birthday boy Daniil Medvedev added another win to his ardent streak on Thursday when Russian fourth Roberto Carballes destroyed Baena to advance to the third round of the Australian Open

Birthday boy Daniil Medvedev added another win to his ardent streak on Thursday when Russian fourth Roberto Carballes destroyed Baena to advance to the third round of the Australian Open

Medvedev, who turned 25 on Thursday, passed the Spaniard 6: 2, 7: 5, 6: 1 in the John Cain Arena and won for the 16th time Time in a row since November

On the way there, the number four in the world has won the Paris 1000, the ATP final in London and the ATP Cup with Russia in the run-up to the first Grand Slam of the year

“Sometimes in tennis, as in other sports, you just have the momentum and the feeling of being able to do a lot of things,” he said of his blistered shape

“Once you lose it it’s harder so I’m just trying to hold onto it as much as possible

He is next against the Serbian 28 Play seed Filip Krajinovic, who got past Spain’s Pablo Andujar in four sets

Medvedev’s sizzling form makes him a serious contender for a first Grand Slam title, and he was well connected against Carballes Baena, ranked 99th

He quickly took command, made a good return and dominated the baseline and the net to comfortably take the opening movement

The Russian was put under more pressure in the second round but that was as good as for Carballes Baena, who lost focus and was punished by a man at the top of his game

Medvedev is not only applying for a first Grand Slam title, but is only the third Russian to win a major after Yevgeny Kafelnikow and Marat Safin

He’s been knocking on the door for some time and is reaching the 2019 US Open final – where he lost to Rafael Nadal in five sets – and the last four in New York in 2020

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