NEW YORK – Daniel Medvedev twice found himself tied for a seat in the US Open semifinals against Felix Auger Eliasim.
No. 2 Seyed Medvedev got out of this tight spot, defeating the erring Auger Eliasmi 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 on Friday and is now on his way to his third Grand Slam final.
“A weird match, a little bit, in the second set, where I think everyone felt it was going to be a set, and you never know where the match is going.” 2 in the other. “I managed to save the set points. He missed one. I did a good thing. And the match was completely reversed.
Overall, the clash was an opening process before the headliner: No. 1 Novak Djokovic against No. 4 Alexander Zverev in the second semifinal on Friday night.
“It was a great match, so I recommend everyone watch it,” Medvedev told the crowd. He intended to see her for himself after dinner.
Djokovic started the day with a 26-0 lead in major tournaments in 2021, with titles at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, and his eyes on becoming the first man since Rod Lever in 1969 to complete the Calendar Air Grand Slam. Lever was sitting in the presidency at Arthur Ashe Stadium for Friday’s matches.
Medvedev, 25, from Russia, was runner-up for Djokovic in Melbourne Park in February and Rafael Nadal in Flushing Meadows in 2019. This was Medvedev’s third consecutive trip to the US Open semifinals.
“I don’t think I played my best game today,” said Medvedev, who has dropped just one set in six matches so far in the last two weeks, “but I’m very happy to have reached the final.”
12th seed Auger Alice is a 21-year-old Canadian who has been coached by Nadal’s uncle Tony and is appearing in a major semifinal for the first time.
He may have been influenced by the novelty of all this. Of course, Medvedev’s drama did.
Ugar-Elias ended up with 39 unbeaten errors ب including 10 double faults, only three in the opening game اور and only 17 winners.
Compare this with Medvedev’s numbers, which are made with baseline court coverage and neat strokes: 37 winners, 25 unworkable errors.
“I had to play at my best level – and even better – if I wanted to win today. I didn’t do it for long,” said Agar-Alisami, who was released on Friday by the American Tennis Association. Presented with the 2021 Sports Person Award trophy.
Troubled by Medvedev’s correct serve, Auger-Eliasim finally took a break of more than an hour, and a double fault gave them a 4-2 lead, which quickly increased to 5-2. But when Auger-Eliasim served 5-3 for the set, he could not cross the line even after going 30-love and 40-30.
Medvedev later said, “The only thing I was thinking was: ‘Please don’t make an ace on the line, and I’ll get you ready to play.’ ‘
Twice, Auger-Alisim set a set point. Twice, he didn’t come through, most annoyingly when he remembered what should have been a normal forehand, slapping him in the net. A bad backhand eventually ended the game.
Then, in the next game, Medvedev said that this is what he had in mind: “I have to do everything in my best way, more than ever, because this is the moment where I can break it mentally.” And that’s what happened. “
More mistakes – one of them, a double mistake – played a key role in leaving Auger-Alisim 6-5 in love. Medvedev then competed in five games and took a two-set lead.
The match was 1 1/2 hours old and basically ended.
“Against a player like that, you don’t really have the capacity to make mistakes, you do have the capacity to lose your focus, which I did at the other end.” “He took advantage of it and I didn’t get another chance.”
Both Medvedev and Zverev are looking for their first Grand Slam title. Djokovic, meanwhile, was looking to win the 21st overall title in four major sporting tournaments, which would break the men’s career mark she shares with Nadal and Roger Federer.
Xavier continued his 16-match winning streak, including his victory over Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics on July 30. It was the best match of three sets. In New York, the format is the best of five for men.