Medvedev overcomes ‘brutal’ conditions to reach US Open semi-finals

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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.

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Medvedev called the conditions ‘brutal’ as he progressed into the semi-finals

“It was brutal,” said Medvedev. “The only good thing I see in this condition is that both suffered.

“Honestly, at the end of the first set I kind of couldn’t see the ball anymore. I kind of played with sensations.

“Just tried to go for it, tried to run, tried to catch the balls and he did the same.”

How Medvedev made it through to the semi-finals…

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The third seed sent a strong message down the camera about the conditions

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, sweeping six of the next seven games for the lead. It was an ominous start to the match for Rublev with Medvedev 25-0 at Flushing Meadows after winning the first set.

They then traded breaks in the second before Medvedev again was able to gain the upper hand to move further clear.

Rublev led by a break in the third but was pegged back again, and in a 15-minute final game, Medvedev finally ended the torture by converting match point at the fifth attempt to wrap up victory.

“Sometimes before the points I was like ‘wow it seems like he cannot run anymore’ … but he was there all the time and I was like ‘damn, when is he going to be tired?’,” said Medvedev. “But actually we were tired all the time.

“So yeah, brutal conditions and super tough to win.”

Medvedev vs Rublev: Tale of the Tape

Medvedev Match Stats Rublev
8 Aces 4
9 Double Faults 5
75% 1st serve win percentage 64%
29% 2nd serve win percentage 28%
9/19 Break points won 5/13
26 Total winners 32
40 Unforced errors 37
103 Total points won 95

Top 5 points

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Check out the top five points from Medvedev’s win

Henman: Conditions were brutal

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Tim Henman called the conditions on Arthur Ashe as ‘brutal’ after Medvedev beat Rublev

Speaking to Sky Sports Tennis, former British No 1 Tim Henman said to watch the match was “brutal”.

He said: “You could see they’re fighting so hard but there’s so little energy left in the tank, it’s almost as if they’re playing on instinct, but it’s tough on Rublev to lose another Grand Slam quarter-final.

“Medvedev was trying to cool down his core body temperature down to aid his recovery.”

Martina Navratilova added: “I was cooking in the shade and was like these guys are putting it out there. The only thing you can think of is how you can stay cool. It’s really hard to have that tennis brain going.

“The heat that comes off the hard court is much hotter than clay or grass, even when it’s the same weather. This was coming up from the sun and the reflection from the surface as well, then your feet get hot. Then you are overheating from your head to feet. It’s rough.”

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