NEW YORK (Reuters) – Daniil Medvedev continued his march in direction of a primary Grand Slam title on Wednesday, powering into the U.S. Open semi-finals with a medical 7-6(6) 6-3 7-6(5) victory over childhood good friend Andrey Rublev.
The primary Russian duo within the quarter-finals at a Grand Slam since Igor Andreev and Nikolay Davydenko at Roland Garros in 2007, Medvedev confirmed no worry throughout a ruthless show that despatched him by way of to the final 4 with out shedding a set.
No participant within the Open Period has received the U.S. Open males’s title with out dropping a set.
With Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal lacking, and prime seed Novak Djokovic having been disqualified for hitting a line decide with a ball, Medvedev confirmed why he’s now the bookmakers’ favorite to win in New York.
The third seed by no means gave Rublev a break probability in all the match whereas hammering down 16 aces.
“I felt like I might get in bother so I used to be very proud of the win,” stated Medvedev, who known as for the coach to work on his shoulder through the match. “One level determined two units so it was a tricky match.”
Medvedev, who misplaced an epic five-setter to Nadal in final 12 months’s ultimate, awaits the winner between second-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem and Australian Alex de Minaur.
Having competed in opposition to one another since they have been younger children the follow companions knew precisely what to anticipate and a grinding 63-minute opening set provided no surprises or breaks.
Rublev, who had by no means taken a set off Medvedev in three profession conferences, regarded poised to finish that run when he went 6-3 up within the tiebreak however the tenth seed was unable to shut the deal as Medvedev swept 5 straight factors.
“There’s extra probability you lose a set down 5-1 than win it,” stated Medvedev. “Normally he’s very aggressive however at present he was making an attempt to place the ball within the court docket extra so I attempted to be extra aggressive and actually go for it even within the third set tiebreaker and it labored out for me.”
The collapse despatched the unstable Rublev right into a rage, smashing his racket, throwing towels and yelling at his coach and the 22-year-old by no means recovered.
Medvedev maintained strain within the second, registering the one break of the match to nostril in entrance 4-2 on solution to a commanding 2-0 benefit.
Rublev continued to battle however Medvedev gave him no openings and closed out the match 7-5 in a tiebreak.
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