ATP US Open: Daniil Medvedev remains on title course and challenges Novak Djokovic



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ATP US Open: Daniil Medvedev remains on title course and challenges Novak Djokovic

World no. 2 Daniil Medvedev is through to his third consecutive US Open semi-final thanks to a 6-3, 6-0, 4-6, 7-5 triumph over a qualifier Botic Van de Zandschulp in two hours and 23 minutes. Medvedev lost serve twice and delivered seven breaks that carried him through, spraying fewer unforced errors than his opponent and taming his strokes nicely despite some issues in sets three and four.

Van de Zandschulp made a memorable US Open debut, passing three qualifying rounds from a set down and repeating that in the main draw to find himself in the last eight. He made Daniil run for his money in sets three and four and left New York with great memories.

The Russian grabbed a break in the opening game and held at 30 to cement it. Botic sent a forehand long in the fifth game to experience another break and fall 4-1 behind before creating a break chance with a volley winner at 2-5.

Daniil Medvedev is through to his third US Open semi-final in a row.

Daniil netted a backhand to lose serve and bounced back immediately to seize the fourth set point on the return in game nine. Medvedev claimed 24 out of 34 points in the second set and earned a bagel for a massive advantage.

The Dutch sprayed another forehand mistake in the second game and fell 4-0 down when his forehand landed wide two games later. Daniil secured the fifth game with an ace down the T line and wrapped up the set with his third bagel at Majors for a 6-3, 6-0 lead in 59 minutes!

Van de Zandschulp found his range in the third set, dropping only six points behind the initial shot and waiting for a chance on the return. In the opening game, Medvedev fended off three break chances before his rival fired a forehand winner to move in front in game five.

Serving well, Botic closed the set in game ten when Daniil landed a backhand long, hoping for more in set number four. They stayed neck and neck in the opening nine games before Van de Zandschulp fended off a match point with a service winner and leveled the score at 5-5.

Raising his level, Medvedev held at love in game 11 and broke the opponent at 15 a few minutes later to advance into the semi-final for the third straight year in New York.