No. 3 seed Daniil Medvedev admitted second-seeded Dominic Thiem delivered when it mattered and that's the main reason why he progress into the US Open final. Medvedev, the 2019 US Open runner-up, failed to make back-to-back finals in New York as Thiem won 6-2 7-6 (7) 7-6 (5).
"Yeah, talking about first set, he was actually playing good also, Dominic. I lost my concentration, started doing some errors. So, yeah, was a bit far from winning this first set. "What I would do different in this semifinal? Probably not much.
I mean, we can talk about some shots, losing concentration in the first set. But Dominic played really good. "Tennis is all about small points. Sometimes you win these points; sometimes you lose them. Today I lost the most important points.
That's how he got the win. "But I think it was really high-level tennis and Dominic was playing really good."
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Medvedev has once again failed to win a maiden Grand Slam title but he insists he is in positive spirits and he will quickly forget the Thiem defeat.
"Not at all, it's not going to sit with me. I'm always disappointed to lose. But it's not like I felt like I got nervous or I lost my concentration. I was there. Let's not talk about first set, but second, third set I was there all the time.
Mentally I was 100%. My concentration was there, my game plan was there," Medvedev claimed. "Just he managed to be on top of me. Yeah, maybe I had a set point especially in the third set. Maybe I could have served better and make an ace.
But, as I say again, this is tennis. "So looking ahead and was a great match tonight." Medvedev didn't drop a single set in his first five matches played at the US Open but then failed to win a single set against Thiem.
"Of course, it's a little bit of both. But definitely more happy than disappointed," Medvedev added. "I can tell you honestly, two months ago, two weeks ago -- two weeks ago I was here. Two months ago or months ago, someone would tell me I would make semis of US Open, I would be super happy because I was not feeling great about my game, great about my physical shape. I had, I want to say, huge troubles in practice. I was like, Okay, how I'm going to play?"