The number 2 in the world overtakes Van De Zandschulp but gives up a set for the first time: “He was good, he put me in trouble”
He goes, like on the rails. Daniil Medvedev is a train, it goes straight on its way. The Russian number 2 in the world, who dreams of facing and taking revenge on Djokovic who had scrambled him in the final of the Australian Open at the beginning of the year, begins by settling into the semifinals, just like last year when he was overtaken by Thiem then champion of the tournament.
This time it was the willing Dutch surprise Botic Van de Zandschulp who tried, unsuccessfully, to stop the Russian. It ended 6-3 6-0 4-6 7-5. Unlike the matches played so far, Medvedev has granted a set to the opponent: “In reality it is he who did different things compared to the first two sets – explained after the match the finalist of the Us Open 2019, protagonist of a final of 5 hours with Rafa Nadal-. He served well, he created problems with his serve, he made good winners. ” The 25-year-old actually sent home top-tier rivals including Casper Ruud and Diego Schwartzman, topped in fifth after being two sets ahead. But with Medvedev he could not help but be satisfied with a set and the compliments of the number 2 in the world: “He had already proved that he was worth a lot by coming here from the qualifiers. In my career, I started twice in the qualifications in a Grand Slam and not. I never managed to overcome them. In the fourth set I was very solid in the service and he perhaps paid a little for the tension. ”The next challenge will see him two revelations of the tournament. the fruits of the collaboration with Toni Nadal, and the 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz, protégé of Juan Carlos Ferrero.
September 7 – 10:18 pm
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