Medvedev, Fernandez advance to US Open semi-finals

NEW YORK – Daniil Medvedev superior to his third straight US Open semi-final on Tuesday whereas Canadian 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez delivered one other stunner to succeed in the final 4 of a Grand Slam for the primary time.

Russian second seed Medvedev, chasing his first Slam title, eradicated 117th-ranked Dutch qualifier Botic Van de Zandschulp 6-3, 6-0, 4-6, 7-5 at Arthur Ashe Stadium. “I simply need to perform a little bit higher than the final two instances and get this additional step, which is the hardest one, truly,” Medvedev mentioned. Medvedev moved one victory from a attainable championship match in opposition to history-chasing Novak Djokovic.

The 25-year-old from Moscow was a 2019 US Open runner-up and misplaced this yr’s Australian Open closing to top-ranked Djokovic, who seeks his fourth US Open title to finish the primary males’s singles calendar-year Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969. “I don’t take into consideration him, as a result of as we noticed, anyone can beat anyone,” Medvedev mentioned. “If he’s within the closing, and if I’m there, I’m blissful. He’s additionally blissful, I suppose.”

Fernandez, who had already ousted defending champion Naomi Osaka and three-time Slam winner Angelique Kerber, defeated Ukraine’s fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5). “I advised myself to belief my pictures,” Fernandez mentioned. “Even when I lose, I’ve bought to go for it. And I’m glad I did.” Fernandez, ranked 73rd, was impressed by pre-match technique from her father/coach Jorge, a former Ecuadoran soccer participant. 

Medvedev will subsequent face Canadian twelfth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, 21, who reached his first Slam semi-final when Fifty fifth-ranked Spanish 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz retired trailing 6-3, 3-1 with a leg damage. “It’s an incredible milestone,” mentioned Auger-Aliassime. “It’s a bizarre solution to finish however I’ll have an opportunity to play among the best gamers on the earth. “I’m blissful I’m by way of and I’ll attempt to win the following one.”

Van de Zandschulp hoped to turn into the primary qualifier to succeed in the US Open semi-finals and solely the sixth to take action at any Grand Slam occasion. However the Russian dominated the primary two units earlier than the Dutchman fought again to take the third, Medvedev’s first misplaced set of the Open. Medvedev took the one break of the ultimate set on match level when the Dutchman netted a forehand drop volley to finish issues after two hours and 23 minutes. 

Left-hander Fernandez, who turned 19 on Monday, snapped the Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist’s nine-match win streak with clutch shotmaking, firing 42 winners, as spectators roared their delight. Fernandez broke for a 4-2 lead and captured the primary set in 38 minutes, the primary Svitolina surrendered on the Open. Within the second set, Svitolina broke twice to guide 5-1 however Fernandez broke within the seventh recreation and compelled three break factors within the final recreation earlier than a Svitolina ace mandated a 3rd set. 

Fernandez and Svitolina exchanged 4 breaks on the best way to the tie-breaker, through which {the teenager} by no means trailed, advancing after two hours and 24 minutes with a service winner. Fernandez booked a semi-final matchup in opposition to second seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, who defeated Czech eighth seed and reigning French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova 6-1, 6-4. 

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