Medvedev relishes hitting big time

MELBOURNE (AFP) – Red-hot Russian Daniil Medvedev won his 15th straight match yesterday and said he was relishing being among the favourites at the Australian Open after working “all my life to be one of them”.

The world number four has been in blistering form as he looks to lift a maiden Grand Slam title, with 10 of his victories during the win streak against top-10 players.

He blasted past the 63rd-ranked Vasek Pospisil 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 on Margaret Court Arena in his bid to become only the third Russian man to win a major title after Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin.

“Me, I just try to win matches,” said the 24-year-old.

“I get asked this question a lot, so if people consider me as a favourite, it’s actually a good job because I worked all my life to be one of them, let’s say top players in the world.

“But you know, you need to win seven matches,” he added. “I just won one, so I need to win six more against very strong opponents, all of them.”