In an exciting semi-final match, defending champion Carlos Alcaraz lost to Daniil Medvedev at the US Open. The Russian beat the young Spaniard in 4 sets and can prepare for a new final against Novak Djokovic. “I will have to rise above myself again,” Medvedev says.
With Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev, the eventual winners of the past two editions faced each other. With the Wimbledon title in his pocket, Alcaraz entered the court as slight favourite.
Medvedev laughed immediately after his victory, saying, “I told myself that I had to be 110 percent ready. Except for the third set, it was 120 percent.” “It’s the only way to beat him.”
Medvedev had devised a solution to disrupt Alcaraz’s athletic tennis. As expected, the 20-year-old Spaniard got off to a solid start, Medvedev holding his ground and patiently waiting for his chances.
With a series of excellent service games – Medvedev scored 12 straight points – the Russian gradually took control. The result was decided in the tie-break: 7-6 (7/3).
Daniil Medvedev was playing metro tennis behind the baseline. Group 2 was almost a formality. The world No. 3 barely lost a point on serve: 6-1.
Group 3 then, which Medvedev said he backed down. Although Alcaraz also raised its level. The young Spaniard enjoyed the crowd’s support and made his first break to take a 3-1 lead.
The comeback had begun. Alcaraz danced amidst Medvedev’s solid defense and scored the equalizing goal: 6-3.
The transformation seemed to have begun, but the Russians did not like it. In the very long sixth game of the fourth set, Alcaraz finally broke.
Although the defending champion struggled for a while. Medvedev needed 4 match balls for his third final in New York. In 2019, Rafael Nadal was very strong, two years ago he won in three sets over Novak Djokovic (6-4, 6-4, 6-4).
The US Open on Sunday will see a rematch of the 2021 final between Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic.
“A match between a player who has won one Grand Slam tournament and a player who has won 23 tournaments” is how Medvedev describes the match.
“When I beat him here, I was able to rise above myself. I have to do it again now. There is no other way,” the self-proclaimed hard court specialist concluded.
A match between a player who has won one Grand Slam tournament and a player who has won 23 tournaments.
Basketball star Kevin Durant watches the game from the stands.
Tom Brady, a 7-time Super Bowl winner, will also be there.
Just like actor and singer Jared Leto (30 Seconds to Mars) attends the big pageant.
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