Aus Open PICS: Merciless Medvedev mauls McDonald

Images from Monday’s action at the Australian Open.

Daniil Medvedev firmed as an Australian Open contender when he brushed aside Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals and extend his winning streak to 18 matches on Monday.

The fourth seeded Russian won his first career five-set match in the third round but there was no need for a prolonged spell in the sun to see off McDonald on Margaret Court Arena.

World number 192 McDonald had some luck going to the net but could not match the power of Medvedev’s serve or the intensity the Russian brought to bear on big points.

Medvedev converted six of the seven break points he carved out, the last to win the match and set up a last-eight clash with compatriot Andrey Rublev or Norwegian Casper Ruud.

Pegula stuns Svitolina to continue dream run

American Jessica Pegula continued her dream run at the Australian Open on Monday by scoring a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over fifth seed Elina Svitolina to reach the quarter-finals.

Pegula struggled badly in the second set at a sunbathed Rod Laver Arena but regrouped in the decider, breaking former Wimbledon and US Open semi-finalist Svitolina in the fourth game before locking down her first victory over a top 10 opponent.

Matching Svitolina’s power off the baseline, Pegula rushed the net to knock her opponent off her stride and sealed the win on the first match point when the Ukrainian netted a return.

Pegula will play the winner of Donna Vekic and Jennifer Brady for a place in the semi-finals.

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