Daniil Medvedev hails qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp for sensational US run



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Daniil Medvedev hails qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp for sensational US run

World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev admitted things got tougher for him after the opening two sets against Dutch sensation Botic van de Zandschulp. Medvedev, seeded at No. 2, overcame qualifier van de Zandschulp in four sets 6-3 6-0 4-6 7-5 to reach the US Open semifinal.

“First two sets he was missing and I was controlling the game and then he got more aggressive, he made it much tougher for me. I couldn’t find my rhythm in the first two sets due to shadows, but in fourth set it was more clear and I could find my toss, rhythm and serve better”.

Medvedev said in his post-match interview, per Tennishead. “I had my first Grand Slam breakthrough in New York reaching 2019 final against Rafael Nadal, so already New York is in my heart. Dominic Thiem played amazing in semi-finals last year, hopefully I can go one better this year.

"Botic’s run was amazing, to come from qualifiers to main draw is amazing. He played so many long matches but was still able to come back, anything could’ve happened in fourth set."

Medvedev prevented van de Zandschulp from creating a comeback win

Medvedev made a fast start to the match, having claimed two early breaks to take a 5-1 lead.

Medvedev realized a bit when serving for the first in the eighth game as van de Zandschulp broke back to reduce the deficit to 5-3. However, failing to serve out for the opener in the eighth game didn't affect Medvedev, who claimed his third break of the match in the ninth game to win the opener.

Medvedev then claimed three breaks in the second set and lost no service games to bagel van de Zandschulp and take a comfortable two-set lead. After getting bageled in the second set, Van de Zandschulp broke Medvedev in the fifth game of the third set and held on to his serve the rest of the way to force a fourth set.

In the fourth set, Medvedev failed to convert a match point in the 10th game but broke van de Zandschulp in the 12th game to seal a four-set win.