It will be a tough battle against his teammate ATP Cup winner Medvedev.
The fourth player in the world has already reached his first Grand Slam final at the 2019 US Open, as well as the semifinals at last year’s US Open before this quarterfinal run at Melbourne Park.
His triumph in the ATP final, in which he defeated the first three worlds – Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem – followed amid his current streak of 18 wins.
Then follows the mutual record of the pair, 3-0 in favor of Medvedev – 4-0 if the 2016 qualifying match counts.
He never dropped a set to his younger compatriot, including last year’s U.S. Open quarterfinals.
“He reads the game really well and it’s amazing patience that he has to stay at rallies for so long, not rush, take time, and these things are amazing because in the end those little details make him who he is,” Rublev said.
“I learn a lesson from that [US Open] match. But now it’s going to be a new story, a new game, we’ll see how it goes.
“Of course he knows my game, I know his game, but in the end you still need to … see how things work or don’t work, how you feel and then adjust.”