US Open: Daniil Medvedev beats Andrey Rublev and humidity

Daniil Medvedev will compete in his seventh Major semi-final, the fourth in New York

by Jovica Ilic
US Open: Daniil Medvedev beats Andrey Rublev and humidity
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Former US Open champion Daniil Medvedev is through into the last four in New York. Daniil met fellow Russian Andrey Rublev in the quarter-final at Arthur Ashe Stadium and scored a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 victory for a place in his seventh Major semi-final, the fourth in New York.

Two great friends stayed on the court for two hours and 48 minutes, battling against each other and the heat and humidity. They delivered terrible numbers behind the second serve, and Daniil made the difference on the first.

The encounter offered 31 break points, and Medvedev played better in the decisive moments. The older Russian grabbed eight return breaks from 18 opportunities and lost serve five times from 13 chances given to his opponent, enough to emerge at the top in straight sets and preserve energy.

Andrey made a perfect start, taking 12 out of the opening 13 points and building a 3-0 advantage.

Daniil Medvedev took down Andrey Rublev in straight sets.

Daniil pulled the break back in game five and held at love a few minutes later to lock the result at 3-3 and erase an early deficit.

Rublev missed a forehand in the ninth game, falling 5-4 behind and allowing Medvedev to serve for the set. Daniil fired a service winner in game ten to secure the opener in 33 minutes. The second set saw more break points and deuces, lasting for an hour and pushing them both to the limits.

They traded four breaks in the opening five games, struggling behind the second serve and missing free points. Daniil grabbed another break in game seven after an extended rally and Andrey's backhand mistake. The former champion denied three break points in game eight to cement the advantage and secured the fourth break of the set in the next one with a cracking backhand down the line winner that pushed him 6-4, 6-3 in front.

The third set lasted almost 80 minutes, requiring every piece of energy from both. Rublev broke after a marathon third game, staying in front only until the next one, as Medvedev leveled the score at 2-2. Andrey secured another break in the fifth game and held to forge a 4-2 advantage.

Medvedev pulled the break back in game eight and denied a break point in the next one to open a 5-4 gap. The tenth game lasted forever, with the older Russian earning five match points. Daniil seized the last to emerge at the top, setting the semi-final clash against Alexander Zverev or Carlos Alcaraz.

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