Medvedev Back In US Open SFs, Tough Thiem Next
by Staff | September 10th, 2020, 12:34 am
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Daniil Medvedev returned to the US Open semifinals dismissing his friend and countryman Andrey Rublev in a tough 3-setter 7-6(6), 6-3, 7-6(5). After an even set, the 22-year-old Rublev jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the opening set breaker and held three set points at 6-3. But Medvedev showed his class going into “wall” mode and when he connected on a reach backhand winner down the line, that broke Rublev’s spirit.

Medvedev converted the only break point of the match to take the second, then hung on in the third in another breaker.

Medvedev’s serve provided plenty of ammo with 16 aces and he never had a save a break point.

“I’m satisfied with everything today,” Medvedev said. “I think it was a really high quality match.

“I started, as I always do, trying to see what he does, a little bit defensively. Then during the match I felt like I needed to change it because he was actually better than me in defense today, and he was controlling the pace of the rally when we were playing slow.

“I needed to put it up, and it worked a lot. I was making a lot of winners I saw after the match, which I think is amazing when we play with Rublev. That I had more winners than him, it’s something unbelievable for me. But it shows that I was able to really adjust my game during the match and do it in a right way.”

About the only issue with Medvedev was a late third set trainer visit.

“I just got a little bit tired at the end of the third set with really physical match that we had,” Medvedev said. “My shoulder started to hurt just a little. And in order not to finish the third set, imagine I would serve one serve, and I don’t know, just pull my shoulder.

“I call the physio, so he took care of it. I was cramping a little bit, so he also masked me, and it helped a lot. As you saw at the end, I was able to be 100%.”

In the evening, Dominic Thiem had his way with 21-year-old Alex De Minaur 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. The two exchanged service breaks early in the match but otherwise it was a lopsided affair with Thiem overpowering the Australian.

“I had a great feeling from the first moment on, actually,” Thiem told ESPN. “It looks way easier on the scoresheet than it was.”

Thiem and Medvedev will collide on a Big 3-less Friday.

“There is no Roger, Rafa or Novak, but there is Daniil, Sascha and Pablo. They are three amazing players. Every single one of us deserves his first major title,” Thiem said. “Everyone will give it all and that’s what’s on the mind. Once we step on the court, the other three are forgotten anyway.”


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3 Comments for Medvedev Back In US Open SFs, Tough Thiem Next

PK Says:

The Russian is the man to beat in this tournament. Although Thiem look pretty invincible last night against DeMinaur.


skeezer Says:

Yeah that is one I will watch(Theim vs Medvedev). Should be a good one. Notice this tourney has turned a version of the ATP Next Gen Finals?
No Wawrinka, Delpotro ( ok: injured ), Fed (same), Rafa, Monfils, Fognini, Nishikori, Kyrgios, Tsonga, Verdasco all could have posed a threat and have upset top players in majors. Djoker to me was looking for a quick grab of a GS with all these guys missing.
That said, it is on and am not opposed to these guys getting a Slam, I hope they break through and contend consistently, sooner rather than later.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Skeezer, pretty much agree. Its a Next Gen finals, but given that, Thiem/ Medvedev is a great semi. Would have been better as a finals, really considering who is left.

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