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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Daniil Medvedev was forced to dig deep to fight a charging Filip Krajinovic on Saturday, but finished 6-3 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-0 to extend his winning streak to 17 matches and join the Russians enter the fourth round of the Australian Open. The frustrated fourth seed forced his coach Gilles Cervara to leave the empty stands at Rod Laver Arena with a pair of verbal volleys after losing his first set of the tournament and failing in the fourth. Krajinovic, who spent his pre-tournament quarantine practicing with world number one Novak Djokovic, found success by taking advantage of Medvedev’s forehand and used the momentum to send the contest into a fifth set. However, a second trip to the toilets served Medvedev, breaking the Serbian 2-0 in the decider with a forehand before sealing a round of 16 date with American Mackenzie McDonald. The 25-year-old, who had lost his previous six sets of five sets, joined compatriot Aslan Karatsev in the fourth round after qualifying generated a surprising straight-sets loss to Diego Schwartzman on Friday. With seventh seed Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov also in action on Saturday, Russia could finish with a record in the four-man open era in the round of 16 of a Grand Slam.