Dutch sensation Botic Van de Zandschulp admitted world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev was the better player and he deserved to win. Medvedev, who is aiming to win his maiden Grand Slam title, beat qualifier world No. 117 Van de Zandschulp 6-3 6-0 4-6 7-5 to progress into the US Open semifinal.
"I have to say the first two sets went by quickly, I think. Maybe too quickly. In the third I start serving better, playing better," Van de Zandschulp said. "I think I played a good third and fourth set. Yeah, in the fourth he served amazing.
Yeah, I think at the end of the match he's the guy who deserved to win today."
Medvedev didn't let Van de Zandschulp claim another shock win
En route to making the US Open quarterfinal, Van de Zandschulp beat Casper Ruud and Diego Schwartzman.
"Yeah, it's not what I'm used to. Yeah, like I played Schwartzman, he was also staying far back. But not like Medvedev. He was staying further," Van de Zandschulp explained. "Yeah, it's tough on the serve in the beginning, because you think you have hit a good serve, and yeah, the guy is making every shot.
"When I came in to his backhand, the passings were amazing. But he gives himself a lot of time to make most of the balls. Yeah, of course that was in the beginning difficult for me, and at the end I started to play better and to get used to it a little bit."
Van de Zandschulp appreaciated all the support he received from Dutch fans. "Yeah, I think it was great. You saw some Dutch people in there. I don't really -- how do I say it? For me, it's tough to believe still that I was here in the quarters and that I make such an impact on those people and on the Dutch guys," Van de Zandschulp said.
"But, yeah, it's great that they want to support me here. Yeah, I have to say the whole stadium was incredible today."