Medvedev Makes 3rd US Open SF; Djokovic, Zverev One Win From Showdown
by Staff | September 8th, 2021, 12:24 am
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After four easy rounds, Daniil Medvedev finally got pushed at the US Open. The 25-year-old Russian won his first 14 sets without anyone getting more than four games but Dutchman Botic Van de Zandshulp changed that.

The 117th-ranked qualifier raised his level in the third and and made of match of it in the fourth. Medvedev was too strong in the end and took it 6-3, 6-0, 4-6, 7-5.

“First of all, really happy to be in the semis again, third time in a row,” Medvedev said. “Couldn’t dream of it maybe four years ago, but now it’s three.

“Tough match. First two sets were kind of under control. He was missing some balls, some important points. So was feeling easy, I should say.

“Then third and fourth set was really tough. He played top level, served really big. Was breaking the rhythm a little bit, so was really tough set. I’m really happy that in the fourth I managed to, first of all, hold my serve really easily and managed to break him in the end where I had few opportunities to do before also.”

In the evening, in a battle of youth Felix Auger-Aliassime was all over Carlos Alcaraz before the Spaniard retired at 6-3, 3-1. After going down 3-1 in the second, the 18-year-old came to the net to shake hands. Alcaraz, who had played consecutive 5-setters, couldn’t go anymore due to a right adductor injury.

Auger-Aliassime becomes the sixth different Canadian to make a Slam semifinal, and he joins compatriot Leylah Fernandez in the last four. And he’s the first man from Canada to make a US Open semifinal.

“The first thing is congratulating Carlos for his fantastic tournament,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I also wish him the best. I feel sorry for him. I was expecting a tough battle, the best from him of course.

“I didn’t see it coming. It’s unfortunate to finish like this. At the same time what he’s done has never been done here in the Open Era. I think he can be very proud of himself, very positive heading back with a head high.

“Myself, the tournament keeps going for me. I’m happy to be through to the semifinals to give myself a shot to play for a Grand Slam final.”

Alcaraz commented on the adductor injury.

“I had no choice to still playing,” he said. “First of all I have to take care of my body, yeah, to still healthy, no? It a long match and, yeah, I didn’t feel good to still playing, so I had to retire.”

On Wednesday, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev are one win from the Friday semifinal showdown.

Zverev will be a big favorite during the day against Lloyd Harris.

“I think he’s somebody that is improving a lot this year,” said Zverev who is 2-0 against the South African. “I think, I have said that to someone, I don’t remember who it was, in the locker room. I said, like, I feel Lloyd has been winning two, three matches every single week, doesn’t matter where he’s playing. He’s showing the high level here again.”

At night, it’s a Wimbledon final rematch between Djokovic and Matteo Berrettini. Djokovic leads 3-0 overall, but in their third straight Slam meeting, the Serb knows the danger of the Italian.

“Hammer of tennis,” Djokovic said. “Next to del Potro, probably the hardest hitter of serve and forehand. He’s got the lethal-serve-plus-one game. He’s already established as a top player. Without a doubt, he played a couple of I think semifinals here couple years ago, finals in Wimbledon. That was a tough four-setter.

“If he serves well, which is his biggest weapon, he’s tough. He’s tough on any surface to play against.”


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31 Comments for Medvedev Makes 3rd US Open SF; Djokovic, Zverev One Win From Showdown

tennismonger Says:

I don’t think Sascha is underestimating Harris at all but I still think Lloyd will go harder on him than Sinner did.


dryeagle Says:

Don’t think Djoker will beat Berrettini, Sascha and Medvedev over the next 5 days. Tough task.


Dave Says:

Zverev maybe shouldn’t talk too much about Tsitsipas after what he pulled on set point for Harris. Creating a long delay as Harris is serving on set point, Harris gets rattled and loses 3 points in a row. Zverev gets his way and the set.


Dave Says:

This feels like it could be a Goffin moment when he was beating Nadal and playing amazing. The umpire gets the wrong ball mark and I don’t even know if Goffin won a game after that. Harris needs to somehow reset after this.


Dave Says:

Is this what tennis is coming to now? I can’t stand investing in a match to have this happen and completely ruin the match. Harris can’t get himself back into this now. What a shame.


Django Says:

What a cheater on set point. Disgusting.


Dave Says:

Instead of Zverev being down a set he’s up 2 sets as Harris was still rattled and dropped serve right away in the second, Harris should have broken when Zverev was serving for the set, but obviously he has lost his confidence.


Dave Says:

I actually have more confidence that if Djokovic gets to play Zverev he will break him mentally. Zverev was complaining and negative throughout the first set. Gets everything his way and of course takes advantage. Djokovic will beat Zverev mentally. Zverev has created higher expectations than before I think. I can’t cheer for Zverev. I would much rather Medvedev wins over Zverev. The pressure won’t be all on Djokovic. Lots of people will be picking Zverev to win, including Zverev.


tennismonger Says:

I’m w/you on that Dave.

Medvedev/Rublev > Zverev/Tsitsipas for that matter.

Those guys are simply becoming unlikeable.


Dave Says:

Ya. Rublev seems really down to earth. Medvedev is very honest and fair. If Harris was playing at his normal level for the tournament he would have won today. That’s how fragile Zverev looks. Complaining and dropping his racquet when being up 4-0 love 30 in the third set. He also showed he hurt his back.


tennismonger Says:

Novak will just need to take the legs from this one… ;-)


Wog Boy Says:

Dave, as Django said, one match at the time, I wouldn’t think about Zverev now. From now on, considering his form and reasons why is he still not playing his best, I wouldn’t consider him favourite in any of the matches to come, I am not talking about his physical status (which appears to be as good as usual) but his mental liability.

When this tournament started, considering all things, I wanted Nole to reach SF and Gyros Boy not to reach it, as much as it looks strange but Nole can still end up not finishing the year as #1, luckily Tsitsi bombed out early at Wimbledon, Hamburg and hasn’t done that well at last two masters, but still kept his chances depending on USO results.

So, first match is good looking Italian, which appears to be all around very nice and likeable person and this, faster than before, USO courts perfectly suit his game.


Wog Boy Says:

Just clarify, when I was talking about not considering “him” as the favourite I was talking about Nole.

Now, before troll interrupt us, he will follow up my post;) can you tell me if you have seen Brooksby press conference and what do you think about him.
I didn’t like it, he spent most of the conference basically saying how he would have beaten Nole if didn’t start to struggle physically mid second set, basically not giving much credit, if at all, to Nole?!


Dave Says:

Ya I watched some of the press conference and noticed the same thing. I’m going to say from reading what he said before and after, either he’s not a fan of Djokovic and grew up preferring other players, or he was just trying to downplay who he was playing on the other side of the net so he wouldn’t psyche himself out.


Dave Says:

Wog Boy,

I guarantee if you watched how Zverev acted on the court today throughout the match there is no way you would think he was beating Djokovic. He was complaining in maybe 30-50% of the points he lost. There is something off with him emotionally. Djokovic would have beaten this Zverev in straights. And had Zverev not pulled the delay of game antics when Harris was serving at set point, he probably would have lost today. He also grimaced when he hit a shot, so his back is bothering him. And after that his serve wasn’t as consistent.


Dave Says:

I’ve also been following the year end #1. If Djokovic doesn’t win the US Open, I just don’t see him winning the year end number 1. You know Medvedev and Zverev will play Indian Wells, Paris and Turin. Zverev or Medvedev will be within 1500 points of Djokovic after the US Open and can go point chasing afterwards. They will realistically be able to go for 4000 points if they also enter a 500 event. Djokovic will probably take a vacation until Paris and look like he did last year in London, flat and missing motivation.


Dave Says:

If Djokovic wins the US Open he will have a 3600 point lead over Medvedev and will basically clinch the year end #1.


Dave Says:

Wog Boy,

Berrettini in 4 tonight.


Dave Says:

It’s painful watching Djokovic play this bad and nervous at the beginning of matches. If he wins the first set I’ll be surprised.


Dave Says:

Even if Djokovic comes back and wins, he won’t have enough physically to beat Zverev and Medvedev. He’s looking at 14 or 15 hours on court before the last 2 matches. It’s too much even for him.


Van Persie Says:

I woke up at the end of the 2nd set. Nole plays great. What happened in the 1st?


skeezer Says:

This USO is weak era predictable, as predicted. These guys are being toyed with by Djoker because they don’t have enough experience or talent. The talent is not here playing. Even Delpo said so in his interview. Trying to make this an interesting men’s tournament is laughable. Djoker shoo in.


Van Persie Says:

Weak era ppredictable U say, skeezer?

If Nole somehow wins US Open, then he manages something that Roger did not achieve in 2004-2007 weak era: YCGS😉. Plus Nole beat Rafa at the French in order to do it 🙂


Van Persie Says:

Ok, now we can talk about Zverev. Good thing for Nole is, he did win the last 3 sets quickly, but this schedule did not favour him.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,
Thanks for your thorough replies, yes, it will be strange if the winner of 3 GS doesn’t finish the year as #1, but if that happens Nole is to blame himself only.


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
Ignore the troll, he is trolling Nole fans in order to jinx Nole not because he believes in what he is writing, male version of black witches 😉


Van Persie Says:

WB,

I did not have enough caffee at that moment, and reacted ;)


skeezer Says:

VP,
Yawn, I need coffee too. I would only say that during that period Fed at least had Slam Winners in those draws, Unlike these times….. Fans may say they were weak, but they won Slams.


chrisford1 Says:

Dave – So clearly the most effective way to beat Novak is to play best-of-one…..

Agree with others that Zverev is mentally not as strong as some of the other up n’ comers. His talent and big serve will always win a good amount of titles, maybe be #1 soon. But when he gets into gladiator fights, it gets super pressure and stress time, he can fold like wet cardboard.
Agree with others that Sasha and Titsiputz are going to need to attend some IMG media grooming workshops, maybe King Federers stable of new hot sponsor projects where players work to become as revered as Federer. Or learn how to smile engagingly, speak broken English. The two might even benefit from the Novak Djokovic Charm School. Where you can freely smash rackets, learn obscure Serb-Croatian words about the working life of the mothers of drunken lout fans – do cringeworthy celebrations inspired by Pepe Le Peau. But learn to be a warrior, not pampered talented wussie-boys, and at least be gracious losers.
I’m liking the Russians, Musetti, Sinner, and I have to say FAA is making a case to be a fan favorite these days. Felix plays exciting tennis, is very well spoke, well thought of. Good Canadian talent after Roanic became one of the perpetually injured with something or another disappointment.


chrisford1 Says:

I think one thing that sets Roger and Novak apart is consistent excellence over all surfaces through most of their careers. Novak a little bit more than Fed, and in a tougher competitive environment, and both more that players like Lendl, Sampras, Rafa who went hot and cold, had injuries, had one surface they did not do well on (Rafa – anything indoors is not his thing, Lendl – grass, Sampras – clay.)
And both Fed and Novak would have more clay titles if not for “that King of Clay”. Andy might even have FO!~

And speaking of Andy:
It’s sort of good Andy Murray is back on tour. Neighbors were becoming worried about him.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/NINTCHDBPICT000641131140-1.jpg?strip=all&w=960


Dave Says:

I agree that Zverev doesn’t have the warrior mentality. His last 2 majors he lost in the 5th set of both matches against rivals. There is only one Grandslam match I remember Djokovic didn’t try until the end because of his elbow and knew he just wasn’t going to be able to do it. 2017 French Open against Thiem. I don’t see Djokovic not fighting until the end against Zverev.


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