In the first all-Russian Major quarter-final, the last year's US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev took down Andrey Rublev 7-6, 6-3, 7-6 in two hours and 27 minutes. Medvedev is through to his second Major semi-final, winning all five matches in straight sets and remaining on the first Major title course.
It was a tight battle between two good friends who have played each other for years now, with Medvedev prevailing in the decisive moments to seal the deal in straight sets and book the place in the last four where he will play against Dominic Thiem or Alex de Minaur.
They both had more winners than unforced errors and it was Medvedev who had the upper hand, firing 51 direct points with 37 errors, leaving Rublev on a more reduced 23-17 ratio. With 16 aces under his belt, the older Russian dominated with his first serve, playing better on the second and staying away from saving break chances.
On the other hand, he stole Andrey's serve once in the second set, converting the lone break opportunity and claiming both tie breaks to move over the top and escape more drama. Finding the rhythm on serve right from the start, both players served well in the opener to reach the tie break.
Andrey held in the first game after an extended rally with more than 30 strokes, with Medvedev getting his name on the scoreboard with a service winner in game two. Unreturned serves secured games three and four for both players, with more powerful hitting behind the initial shot to stay locked at 3-3.
Medvedev held in game ten for a 5-5 and came back from 0-40 in the 11th for the first deuce on the return. The Stadium's power went down and we missed a couple of points, as Andrey held to move 6-5 up.
Daniil Medvedev is through to the second consecutive US Open semi-final.
Dominating with both serve and forehand, Medvedev brought the 12th game home at 15 to set up a tie break where Andrey opened a 6-3 lead after a lucky net cord winner. In the decisive moment of the encounter, the younger Russian wasted all three set points, dropping two straight points on serve and allowing Daniil to seal the set with an ace, rattling off five consecutive points to steal it after 62 minutes.
Carried by this momentum, Medvedev barely lost a point behind the initial shot in set number two, mounting the pressure on the other side of the net and securing the only break with a smash winner in game six. Serving for the set, Daniil fired a service winner to clinch it in 32 minutes, opening two sets to love gap and gathering boost ahead of set number three.
There, we saw 12 commanding holds on both sides, with Rublev doing his best to stay in touch and reach the tie break after creating no break chances throughout the encounter. They traded early mini-breaks and Andrey came back from 5-3 down, only to drop a point on serve at 5-6 to propel a compatriot into the semis.