After losing to David Goffin 7-5 in the fifth set in the third round at Wimbledon, the Russian Daniil Medvedev has been the player to beat on the hard courts of the North American swing, winning 19 of the last 21 matches and achieving big things en route to the place in the top-4!
Entering Washington as world no. 10, Daniil lost in the final to Nick Kyrgios, heading to Montreal in the next week for another title match loss, this time to Rafael Nadal. With no intentions of slowing down, Medvedev conquered the title in Cincinnati on the following week, gathering the momentum ahead of the US Open where he was one of the dark horses when the draw came out.
Tired but determined to show his best tennis on the biggest tennis scene, the Russian grabbed five victories in New York, advancing into the semi-finals at Majors for the first time, cracking the top-4 and qualifying for the ATP Finals, all that following a 7-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over a former champion Stan Wawrinka.
The encounter lasted for two hours and 34 minutes and the younger player produced an incredible variation and counterpunching to leave the Swiss behind despite not being at 100% physically for days, using his opportunities more efficiently to topple another rival and become the first Russian in the Grand Slam semi-final since Mikhail Youzhny in 2010.
Medvedev delivered better numbers behind the second serve and grabbed four breaks from eight opportunities, saving six out of eight chances in his games to move over the top and set the clash against Roger Federer or Grigor Dimitrov.
They both had a similar number of winners and unforced errors and it all came down to those pivotal points that Daniil claimed to wrap up the action and bring the encounter home without spending more time on the court. Wawrinka suffered a break in the very first game of the match, converting the sixth break point overall in game ten to level the score at 5-5 in the very last moment, setting up a tie break where he wasted a set point at 6-5 to lose it 8-6 and fall behind against the rival who needed the first set badly.
Medvedev served great in set number two, breaking Stan's serve in game four and maintaining the advantage until game nine when he held at 30 to secure the set and move closer to the finish line. Wawrinka finally took charge in the opening games of the third set, forging the advantage and defending it after repelling four break chances at 5-3, prolonging his chances before fading away from the court in set number four, getting broken twice to propel Daniil into the semi-final.