Daniil Medvedev: 'I do not think about Novak Djokovic'
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 2884
World no. 2 Daniil Medvedev is through to his third consecutive US Open semi-final, dropping one set in the first five encounters. Daniil has lost the first two Major finals he played against Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, hoping to go one step further in New York and embrace a Major glory at 25.
Novak Djokovic and Medvedev are the top seeds in New York, and two world's best players will face in the title clash on Sunday if they maintain a winning run. Still, Daniil can not think about Novak, going one match at a time and focusing on his semi-final meeting with Felix Auger-aliassime.
Medvedev is thrilled about three consecutive US Open semi-finals, hoping to keep the form and fight for the title. Richard Gasquet, Dominik Koepfer, Pablo Andujar, and Daniel Evans stood no chance against Daniil in the opening four rounds.
The Russian dropped 32 games in 12 sets to sail into the quarters! On Tuesday, Medvedev ousted a qualifier Botic Van de Zandschulp 6-3, 6-0, 4-6, 7-5 in two hours and 23 minutes.
Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic could meet in the US Open final.
Medvedev lost serve twice and delivered seven breaks that carried him over the top, despite some struggles in sets three and four.
The Russian earned breaks in the opener's games one and five to move 4-1 in front, getting broken once but closing it with the third return game at 5-3. In set number two, Medvedev was the only player on the court, earning a bagel to forge a 6-3, 6-0 advantage in 59 minutes.
The Dutchman showed why he reached the last eight in the third set, serving well and securing a break at 2-2 to grab the set 6-4. They stayed neck and neck in the opening nine games of the decider before Van de Zandschulp fended off a match point with a service winner for 5-5.
Raising his level, Medvedev held at love in game 11 and broke the rival at 15 a few minutes later to advance into the third straight US Open semi-final. "I do not think about Novak at the moment; as we saw, anybody can beat anybody.
If he's in the final, and if I'm there, I'm happy. He would also be happy, I guess. I'm not going to root or cheer for somebody; I'm just going to enjoy the tennis and then prepare for the winner of the other quarter-final clash.
I'm happy to be in the semis for the third time in a row; I could not dream of it four years ago," Daniil Medvedev said.