With another victory against his compatriot and friend Andrei RublevRussian tennis player Daniel Medvedev qualified for the semifinals of the US Open on Wednesday, where he could experience a high-voltage duel against Carlos Alcaraz.
The Spaniard, defender of this Grand Slam title, was measured in the last night match on Wednesday against the German Alexander Zverevrunner-up in 2020.
On a sweltering afternoon in New York, third-seeded Medvedev prevailed by a clear 6-4, 6-3 and 6-4 Rublev (8), who suffered his ninth loss in a Grand Slam quarterfinal in as many matches.
Dominating from serve and more effective at key moments, Medvedev always maintained control of the match against a Rublev who only managed to briefly lead during the third set.
Competing in the heat and humidity at Flushing Meadows, where temperatures hovered in the 90s, an exhausted Medvedev approached one of the on-court cameras during the third set to send a message of protest.
“They can’t even imagine. A player is going to die (someday), and then they’ll see“Said the Russian when he went for his towel to dry the sweat.
With this result, Medvedev dealt a new and painful defeat to Rublev, a friend, competitor since childhood and also his daughter’s godfather.
After an uneventful week and a half, Carlos Alcaraz begins the great climb to his second US Open trophy against Alexander Zverev on Wednesday.
If he beats the German, who is approaching the level before his serious injury, Alcaraz will clash in the semifinals with Medvedev before a possible final on Sunday with Novak Djokovicin the most longed for duel by the world of tennis.
The Serbian, on the hunt for his 24th Grand Slam title, is already installed in the semifinals in New York, where he wants to ruin the takeoff of local promise Ben Shelton, who at 20 is the youngest American at this point in three decades.
In the female branch, the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenkawho from Monday will be the new No. 1 in the world, overwhelmed the young Chinese Qinwen Zheng 6-1, 6-4 in the first match of the day and advanced to their third straight semifinals at the US Open.
At 25 years old, the Belarusian once again demonstrated that she is the most regular player today, with five consecutive appearances in the last Grand Slams.
That consistency will lead her to unseat Iga Swiatek from number one in the WTA on Monday, which the Pole lost with her unexpected elimination in the round of 16.
Zheng, for his part, paid for the nerves of making his debut in a Grand Slam quarterfinal at the age of 20. The Chinese, one of the revelations of this edition after her victory against Ons Jabeur, was left without answers before Sabalenka’s devastating forehand and did not have a chance to break her serve.
Sabalenka’s rival will be the American Madison Keyswhich beat the Czech Marketa Vondrousovawinner of the last Wimbledon, by a resounding 6-1 and 6-4.
Keys’ last presence in the semifinals was in 2018, a year after she lost in the final to her compatriot Sloane Stephens.
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