It was almost easy. Daniil Medvedev, world number 2, qualified for his second US Open final, dismissing in three sets (6-4, 7-5, 6-2) the Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime (15e), Friday, September 10, in New York.
The Russian player, who was beaten in 2019 at this stage by Rafael Nadal after an epic fight in five sets, will face, on Sunday, either the world number 1, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, or the German Alexander Zverev (4e). Djokovic is looking for a Grand Slam in the same season, which would be historic.
Semi-finalist last year, defeated by the Austrian Dominic Thiem, future winner of the tournament, Medvedev perfectly held his position against his young opponent of 21 years, of which it was the first foray into the last four of a tournament. of the Grand Slam.
An irresistible Russian
“I didn’t play at my best today, but I’m happy to be in the final”, smiled Medvedev into the microphone on Arthur Ashe court. However, he managed to convert all the break points he got, that is to say five, certainly helped by an opponent guilty of too many unforced errors (39). He also multiplied aces (12) in the first set.
In the second set, Medvedev was broken at 4-1 with a double fault. Leading 5-2, Auger-Aliassime obtained two set points, erased by his opponent, who suddenly raised his level and let go of his shots.
The Russian was then irresistible, lining up five games in a row – including eleven consecutive points scored on the last three, again by breaking twice on the first shot.
In the third set, Auger-Aliassime, weighed down by too many double faults (10), gave up. Medvedev quickly flew away, ending it in just over two hours.
Glad to have saved himself in this way, the Muscovite is now waiting to know who of Novak Djokovic or Alexander Zverev will be his opponent on Sunday. “It’s always better to qualify first, then I’ll take the opportunity to rest while enjoying watching the other semi-final which is going to be a hell of a game. I suggest everyone to watch it ”, he concluded.