Tennis: Medvedev Overcomes Brutal Conditions To Reach US Open Semi-Finals


Former champion Daniil Medvedev made it through to the US Open semi-finals for the fourth time in five years after overcoming “brutal” conditions and his close friend Andrey Rublev. Medvedev battled through the heat and humidity to defeat Rublev 6-4 6-3 6-4 to add more misery on his opponent.

“It was brutal,” said Medvedev. “The only good thing I see in this condition is that both suffered. Honestly, at the end of the first set I kind of couldn’t see the ball anymore. I kind of played with sensations. Just tried to go for it, tried to run, tried to catch the balls and he did the same.”

Medvedev overturned a 3-0 defeat in the opening set in a repeat of their 2020 quarterfinal here. He dropped serve twice in the second set but hit back for a 4-3 lead before summoning the trainer complaining of breathing difficulties. Medvedev resisted three break points the very next game and broke once more to claim a two-set lead. He then used the time between sets to cool down off court.

Medvedev will play Alcaraz or German 12th seed Alexander Zverev for a place in Sunday’s final after the energy-sapping duel against the eighth-ranked Rublev as the temperature hit 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius) in New York. Luckless Rublev has now made the quarter-final stage in nine Grand Slams, and he has lost all of them.

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