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Fourth seed Medvedev snaps Murray’s Brisbane streak

2 January 2019, by with AAP

Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev has brought Andy Murray’s Brisbane International comeback to an end, seeing off the three-time major winner in straight sets on Wednesday night.

The 22-year-old Russian knocked out the 2012-2013 champion 7-5 6-2 to snap Murray’s 10-match unbeaten streak in Brisbane.

The Russian’s 16 aces dwarfed Murray’s six and booked a quarter-final showdown with Canadian fifth seed Milos Raonic.

“First game is always tough especially against Andy. He’s one of the champions of our sport,” Medvedev said. “It was not the easiest of first rounds for me but I’m happy about my performance.”

After winning the Sydney International last season as a qualifier, Medvedev added two further titles to his haul in 2018 to finish the year at world No.16.

The 22-year-old knew the meteoric rise was no fluke.

“What 2018 showed me was that with work everything was possible,” he said. “To get into top 20 is amazing.

“I love playing in Australia. There are not too many places in the world where for a second round it is a full stadium so thank you guys for coming.”

Murray admitted Medvedev was able to exploit his lack of fitness during his second-round loss.

The Scot, who won his first game since September in beating Australian James Duckworth in the first round, put up a competitive first set against Medvedev in which he responded to being broken in the third game by breaking back five games later.

But the resistance would not last much longer as the Russian took another break at 5-5.

The second set was more one-sided, with Medvedev not looking back from a 4-0 lead before wrapping up the match in an hour and 23 minutes.

“If you’re not serving as well, or if you’re not moving as well, the better players exploit that,” Murray said.

“He is a top player and is able to do that. So I need to try and find a way of working out how to get around some of the things I struggle with a little bit now, and I’ll try to do that.”