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 quarter-final misery on his opponent.
Luckless Rublev has now made the quarter-final stage in nine Grand Slams, and he has lost all of them.
“It was brutal,” said Medvedev. “The only good thing I see in this condition is that both suffered.
“The end of the first set, I couldn’t see the ball any more. I just played with sensation, tried to run, tried to go for it, tried to hit the ball. He did the same things sometimes.”
How Medvedev made it through to the semi-finals…
Third seed Medvedev, the 2021 champion at Flushing Meadows, lost the opening three games of the match as Rublev flew out of the blocks.
The world No 8, who is godfather to Medvedev’s daughter, won the first eight points and 14 out of the first 15.
But Medvedev quickly grew into the match, winning the first two sets amid some punishing rallies in stifling heat.
Rublev led by a break in the third but was pegged back again, and in a 15-minute final game, Medvedev converted match point at the fifth attempt to wrap up victory.
Medvedev vs Rublev: Tale of the Tape
|75%||1st serve win percentage||64%|
|29%||2nd serve win percentage||28%|
|9/19||Break points won||5/13|
|103||Total points won||95|
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