Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev has secured a place in the semi-final battle of the US Open at the expense of Andrej Rublev. Last year’s finalist only needed three sets to get rid of his countryman: 7-6 (6), 6-3, 7-6 (5).
Rublev (22) left three set points unused in the first set. After a 6-3 lead in the tiebreak of the first set, he lost five points in a row. Rublev looked frustrated and was not involved in the second set. Nevertheless, the level of both Russians, good friends with each other, remained high and the beautiful changes of beat followed each other in rapid succession.
In the final phase of the third set, Medvedev was treated for a while, but there was no serious injury. It again turned out to be a tiebreaker, in which Medvedev again showed himself to be the most constant of the two. There was only one breakpoint for the entire game.
The 24-year-old Medvedev, who is still without a set loss during the US Open, meets the winner of the game between the Austrian Dominic Thiem and Alex de Minaur from Australia in the last four.
On Tuesday, tournament director Richard Krajicek announced that Medvedev will return to the ABN AMRO tournament in Rotterdam next year. In 2019 Medvedev lost to Rafael Nadal in the final.
Williams keeps dream alive
Serena Williams has qualified for the semi-finals of the US Open at the expense of Tsvetana Pironkova. The 23-time grand slam champion needed three sets to get rid of the 32-year-old Bulgarian tennis star, the surprise of the tournament: 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
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In the semi-final battle, Williams takes on the winner of the game between the Belgian Elise Mertens and Victoria Azarenka from Belarus.
Pironkova, who did not play a match for more than three years, started strong and won the first set without losing a service game. In the second set, the former number 31 in the world even had a break. That was the signal for Williams, six-time winner in New York, to increase the pace. With a grim face and with blows accompanied by loud screams, she immediately broke back. It turned out to be crucial and as the game progressed, Williams started to play better and Pironkova looked more and more tired.
Pironkova only played her first tournament since Wimbledon 2017. In March of this year she announced that she would like to return to the tennis circuit, but the corona virus delayed her comeback.
38-year-old Williams is just two victories away from the record set by Margaret Smith-Court, who has 24 grand slam titles to her name.