ATP US Open: Daniil Medvedev tops Felix Auger-Aliassime for third Major final



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ATP US Open: Daniil Medvedev tops Felix Auger-Aliassime for third Major final

World no. 2 Daniil Medvedev is through to his third Major final in the last three years and the second in New York thanks to a 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 triumph over the 12th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in two hours and three minutes. After the semi-final loss at the US Open a year ago, Daniil is through to the title clash again, playing well in all six encounters and proving his status as one of the favorites.

Felix did an excellent job to find himself in the last four, but that was his final New York stop for 2021, getting broken five times from as many chances offered to the Russian and adding only one return game to his tally.

Daniil hit mighty 37 winners and 25 unforced errors, outplaying the rival in every segment and bouncing back in set number two before sailing towards the finish line. The opening set saw nine comfortable holds and a single break for Medvedev that sent him ahead.

Daniil Medvedev is through to his second US Open final within three years.

Returning at 3-3, Daniil drew first blood with a break at love, forcing Felix's error and gaining a boost. In game eight, the Russian cemented the lead with a service winner and fired four quick points at 5-4 to wrap up the opener.

Leading 40-15 in the second set's sixth game, Daniil lost ground and got broken following a costly double fault that sent his opponent 4-2 ahead. Felix held at love to move closer to the finish line in this part of the encounter, but it was not to be for him.

Serving at 5-3, the Canadian wasted two set points and got broken when his backhand landed long. Needing no second invitation, Medvedev held at 15 in game ten, broke at love in the next one and blasted an ace at 6-5 to forge a massive advantage and become an enormous favorite in set number three.

Felix suffered a break at 1-1 following a loose forehand and squandered a break chance a few minutes later when Daniil landed a service winner. In the fifth game, the Russian broke at love and held at 30 in game eight to remain on the title course, facing Novak Djokovic or Alexander Zverev in the final.