Korda of US stops 2-time Australian Open runner-up Medvedev

Jan 19, 2023, 4:04 AM | Updated: Jan 20, 2023, 7:01 am
Zhu Lin of China celebrates after defeating Maria Sakkari of Greece in their third round match at t...

Zhu Lin of China celebrates after defeating Maria Sakkari of Greece in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

(AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

              Zhu Lin of China celebrates after defeating Maria Sakkari of Greece in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)
            
              Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. plays a forehand return to Karen Khachanov of Russia during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Karen Khachanov of Russia reacts during his third round match against Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Madison Keys of the U.S. plays a forehand return to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Victoria Azarenka of Belarus reacts during her third round match against Madison Keys of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine reacts during her third round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine reacts during her third round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after defeating Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan plays a forehand return to Danielle Collins of the U.S. during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)
            
              Iga Swiatek of Poland signs autographs after defeating Cristina Bucsa of Spain in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Coco Gauff of the U.S. reacts during her third round match against compatriot Bernarda Pera at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Jessica Pegula of the U.S. plays a forehand return to Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Sebastian Korda of the U.S. is congratulated by Daniil Medvedev of Russia following their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Sebastian Korda of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Daniil Medvedev of Russia in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Sebastian Korda of the U.S. plays a forehand return to Daniil Medvedev of Russia during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Daniil Medvedev of Russia plays a forehand return to Sebastian Korda of the U.S. during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. plays a forehand return to Karen Khachanov of Russia during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Karen Khachanov of Russia reacts during his third round match against Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Madison Keys of the U.S. plays a forehand return to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Victoria Azarenka of Belarus reacts during her third round match against Madison Keys of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine reacts during her third round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine reacts during her third round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Jannik Sinner of Italy reacts after defeating Marton Fucsovics of Hungary in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after defeating Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after defeating Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Jessica Pegula, left, of the U.S. is congratulated by Marta Kostyuk, right, of Ukraine following their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Marton Fucsovics, left, of Hungary congratulates Jannik Sinner of Italy following their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan plays a forehand return to Danielle Collins of the U.S. during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)
            
              Iga Swiatek of Poland signs autographs after defeating Cristina Bucsa of Spain in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Coco Gauff of the U.S. reacts during her third round match against compatriot Bernarda Pera at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Jessica Pegula of the U.S. plays a forehand return to Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Sebastian Korda of the U.S. is congratulated by Daniil Medvedev of Russia following their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Sebastian Korda of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Daniil Medvedev of Russia in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Sebastian Korda of the U.S. plays a forehand return to Daniil Medvedev of Russia during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Daniil Medvedev of Russia plays a forehand return to Sebastian Korda of the U.S. during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. plays a forehand return to Karen Khachanov of Russia during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Karen Khachanov of Russia reacts during his third round match against Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Madison Keys of the U.S. plays a forehand return to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Victoria Azarenka of Belarus reacts during her third round match against Madison Keys of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine reacts during her third round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine reacts during her third round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Jannik Sinner of Italy reacts after defeating Marton Fucsovics of Hungary in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after defeating Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after defeating Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Jessica Pegula, left, of the U.S. is congratulated by Marta Kostyuk, right, of Ukraine following their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Marton Fucsovics, left, of Hungary congratulates Jannik Sinner of Italy following their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan plays a forehand return to Danielle Collins of the U.S. during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)
            
              Iga Swiatek of Poland signs autographs after defeating Cristina Bucsa of Spain in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Coco Gauff of the U.S. reacts during her third round match against compatriot Bernarda Pera at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Jessica Pegula of the U.S. plays a forehand return to Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Sebastian Korda of the U.S. plays a backhand return to Daniil Medvedev of Russia during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. plays a forehand return to Karen Khachanov of Russia during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Karen Khachanov of Russia reacts during his third round match against Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
            
              Madison Keys of the U.S. plays a forehand return to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Victoria Azarenka of Belarus reacts during her third round match against Madison Keys of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine reacts during her third round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine reacts during her third round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Jannik Sinner of Italy reacts after defeating Marton Fucsovics of Hungary in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after defeating Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after defeating Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Jessica Pegula, left, of the U.S. is congratulated by Marta Kostyuk, right, of Ukraine following their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Marton Fucsovics, left, of Hungary congratulates Jannik Sinner of Italy following their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan plays a forehand return to Danielle Collins of the U.S. during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)
            
              Iga Swiatek of Poland signs autographs after defeating Cristina Bucsa of Spain in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Coco Gauff of the U.S. reacts during her third round match against compatriot Bernarda Pera at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Jessica Pegula of the U.S. plays a forehand return to Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Madison Keys of the U.S. plays a forehand return to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Victoria Azarenka of Belarus reacts during her third round match against Madison Keys of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine reacts during her third round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine reacts during her third round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Jannik Sinner of Italy reacts after defeating Marton Fucsovics of Hungary in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after defeating Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after defeating Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Jessica Pegula, left, of the U.S. is congratulated by Marta Kostyuk, right, of Ukraine following their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Marton Fucsovics, left, of Hungary congratulates Jannik Sinner of Italy following their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan plays a forehand return to Danielle Collins of the U.S. during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)
            
              Iga Swiatek of Poland signs autographs after defeating Cristina Bucsa of Spain in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Coco Gauff of the U.S. reacts during her third round match against compatriot Bernarda Pera at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Jessica Pegula of the U.S. plays a forehand return to Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Madison Keys of the U.S. plays a forehand return to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Victoria Azarenka of Belarus reacts during her third round match against Madison Keys of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine reacts during her third round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine reacts during her third round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Jannik Sinner of Italy reacts after defeating Marton Fucsovics of Hungary in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after defeating Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after defeating Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Jessica Pegula, left, of the U.S. is congratulated by Marta Kostyuk, right, of Ukraine following their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Marton Fucsovics, left, of Hungary congratulates Jannik Sinner of Italy following their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan plays a forehand return to Danielle Collins of the U.S. during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)
            
              Iga Swiatek of Poland signs autographs after defeating Cristina Bucsa of Spain in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Coco Gauff of the U.S. reacts during her third round match against compatriot Bernarda Pera at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Jessica Pegula of the U.S. plays a forehand return to Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Coco Gauff of the U.S. reacts during her third round match against compatriot Bernarda Pera at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Jannik Sinner of Italy reacts after defeating Marton Fucsovics of Hungary in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after defeating Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Marton Fucsovics, left, of Hungary congratulates Jannik Sinner of Italy following their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after defeating Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Jessica Pegula, left, of the U.S. is congratulated by Marta Kostyuk, right, of Ukraine following their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Jessica Pegula of the U.S. waves after defeating Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
            
              Coco Gauff of the U.S. celebrates after defeating compatriot Bernarda Pera in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine reacts during her third round match against Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine serves to Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic plays a forehand return to Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Barbora Krejcikova, left, of the Czech Republic is congratulated by Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine following their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
            
              Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic serves to Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Sebastian Korda comes by his athleticism and competitive instincts honestly. From Dad, the 1998 Australian Open champion. From Mom, also a former professional tennis player. And from two big sisters, both current golf pros.

Add in some mentorship from eight-time major champ Andre Agassi and a couple of coaches, including former player Radek Stepanek, and maybe it shouldn’t be all that surprising that Korda, a 22-year-old American never past the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament, would manage to eliminate two-time runner-up Daniil Medvedev at Melbourne Park.

Korda’s attacking brand of tennis carried him past No. 7-seeded Medvedev 7-6 (7), 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the Australian Open’s third round Friday night, the latest in a string of victories by young men from the U.S. against top players this week.

“I always was told how good of a tennis player I can be. Now (I’m) just getting the right people around me, building a really solid team, just trusting the process,” said the 29th-seeded Korda, who was the 2018 junior champion in Australia. “I’m growing as a person, as a player. Just trying to do the right things. Just have fun, enjoy it — good things will happen.”

This result comes on the heels of two other attention-grabbing victories by players from the U.S., whose men last won a Grand Slam title 20 years ago. On Wednesday, Mackenzie McDonald beat No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal. On Thursday, Jenson Brooksby beat No. 2 seed Casper Ruud.

Now it was Korda’s turn to add his name to the list with a game Medvedev described as “kind of different from everybody.”

Medvedev won the U.S. Open two years ago and made it to the final in Australia in 2021, when he lost to Novak Djokovic, and 2022, when he lost to Nadal after holding a two-set lead. The Russian also was briefly ranked No. 1 last season.

On this night in Rod Laver Arena, it was Korda who dictated most of the points, who put his shots right where he wanted them, who charged forward with verve and slick volleys. He even threw in the occasional drop shot, for good measure.

He compiled nearly twice as many winners as Medvedev, 50-28, and won the point on 75% of his trips to the net, 36 of 48.

“I kind of knew what I had to do. I stuck with it, even when I was going up and down with the emotions,” Korda said.

How would he describe that game plan?

“Just go for it,” he said with a laugh.

Korda broke Medvedev — who said afterward his right wrist and forearm were bothering him — the first time he served in each set. With the match a fraction longer than 2 1/2 hours old, Korda was serving while ahead 4-3, 40-15 in the third set. So close to advancing. Five points away.

Right there, right then, is when Korda slipped up.

After Medvedev made it 40-30 with a forehand winner, Korda got a chance to hit a seemingly simple volley to take the game. But he missed, sending the ball too long. On the next point, he netted a forehand from the baseline, his sixth unforced error off that wing in the set — six more than Medvedev at that moment. A netted backhand then completed the gift-wrapped break, and one love hold later, Medvedev had accumulated eight consecutive points to go up 5-4.

What appeared to be a turning point, though, turned out just to be a blip.

Korda raced to a 6-1 lead in the closing tiebreaker and, while he again needed to settled down after some missed chances, this time he ended things with a forehand winner.

He said he relied on a philosophy he picked up from his mother, Regina Rajchrtova: “Throughout this whole year, I haven’t had one negative thought, whether it’s waiting for transportation to go to the courts, whether it’s eating lunch, whether it’s doing anything. … Kind of just having a new motto of: Positive energy is more positive than negative energy.”

To reach his first Slam quarterfinal, Korda will need to defeat No. 10 Hubert Hurkacz on Sunday. That day’s other men’s matches: Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Jannik Sinner, Felix Auger-Aliassime vs. Jiri Lehecka, and Karen Khachanov vs. Yoshihito Nishioka.

Nishioka was a 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-2 winner over McDonald, while another one of the eight U.S. men to reach the third round was sent home when Khachanov topped No. 16 Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9).

The women’s upcoming fourth-round matches: Iga Swiatek vs. Elena Rybakina, Jessica Pegula vs. Barbora Krejcikova, Coco Gauff vs. Jelena Ostapenko, and Victoria Azarenka vs. Zhu Lin.

As well as Pegula is playing, dropping zero sets and just 11 games total along the way to Week 2, you might think she’d be completely pleased with how things are going.

Ah, but Pegula is a self-described perfectionist. And so she gave herself a bit of a hard time about what happened late in the second set of her 6-0, 6-2 victory over Marta Kostyuk.

“I was annoyed,” Pegula said after the 65-minute contest.

By what, exactly?

Well, the 28-year-old from New York was cruising along, having won 10 of the first 11 games and serving with a 30-love lead, when she stumbled ever so slightly, ever so briefly. She missed three first serves in a row. She put a backhand into the net. She got lobbed. She double-faulted. She started muttering under her breath. She sent a backhand long to end an 11-stroke exchange. Add it up, and Pegula got broken there, her lead in the second set shrinking to 4-2. For three minutes, her play was less than ideal.

Oh, the horror.

“When I was younger, it came off as kind of a bad attitude. I’d get really negative or down on myself,” Pegula said, adding that she has worked on “not being so hard on myself during the matches.”

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Ex-Packer Guion gets 1 year for domestic violence assault

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading no contest in a domestic violence assault at his home last fall. Brown County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Walsh also ordered Guion on Tuesday to serve three years’ probation and complete a domestic […]
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Durant eager for Suns debut vs. Hornets after knee injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Durant has been through quite a bit during his 15-year NBA career — but joining a new team midway through the season is a new one for the 13-time All-Star. The 34-year-old Durant doesn’t seem all that worried. Durant makes his highly anticipated Phoenix Suns debut on Wednesday night against […]
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Judge: NFL coach can press discrimination claims in court

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Coach Brian Flores can pursue some of his discrimination claims against the league and its teams in court rather than through arbitration, a judge ruled Wednesday. The written decision by Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan was issued months after lawyers for the league tried to get the lawsuit moved to […]
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Kane trade reinforces hard reality of Blackhawks rebuild

CHICAGO (AP) — After days of speculation, the harsh reality of the Chicago Blackhawks’ situation was reinforced by one move in a flurry of transactions ahead of the NHL trade deadline. Showtime is over, at least in Chicago, and a seemingly bright future is, well, way off in the distance. The reverberations of Chicago’s decision […]
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Disgraced ex-Haitian soccer president announces he’s back

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s former soccer federation president whose lifetime ban from sport over sexual abuse allegations was overturned last month announced Wednesday that he is reclaiming his position. Yves Jean-Bart’s defiant announcement could lead to a standoff with FIFA, which already has appointed an emergency management committee to lead the Haitian Football Association […]
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Rodgers says decision on future will come ‘soon enough’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers says he will make a decision on his future “soon enough” as the four-time MVP quarterback ponders whether to play next season and if his future remains with the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers, 39, discussed his future while speaking on an episode of the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast” that […]
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Korda of US stops 2-time Australian Open runner-up Medvedev