It's not always nice, but fenced-in Daniel Medvedev has moved away from his traditional base-line game Tuesday afternoon with rushing tactics to break into the US Open semifinals.
Medvedev, who saved one set point in the first set of a tiebreaker, reserved his place in the first semifinal of the Grand Slam Championship with a 7-6 (6), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over champion in 2016, Stan Vavrinka in two hours and 34 minutes at Arthur Asche Stadium.
"I experienced a lot of pain in my quadriceps and decided that I would not be able to continue the match in the first set," Medvedev told ESPN during an interview with the court. "I saw that it bothers Stan because I know what it's like to play a injured player. It's hard because you try to just hit the ball and then the guy starts getting everything. So I feel really weird in this game, but I'm happy to be In his first major semifinal. "
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Medvedev broke No. 23 seed Wawrinka in the first game, but the brutal rally and seven double faults ultimately proved costly for a player who originally had a band on his right thigh before cutting it in. Wawrinka returned to the game at a break of 4-5, but Medvedev regrouped and won the first three points of a tie-break courtesy of network approaches and shooting shots – far from the normal game, dominated by the 23-year-old
Wawrinka's inability to find support or a period of consistency in his second FedEx ATE Head2Head meeting triggered Medvedev's break. for a 3-1 lead in the second set, Medvedev began to strike with more humidity and, in combination with his various tactics, forced Vavrinka to respond. After making 21 unexpected mistakes in the first set, Medvedev reduced it to four in the second set.
Wawrinka, who recovered from 0-2 sets six times in his career, earned eight of the first nine points in the third set. Later, he overcame four break points in a set service in a 12-minute game at 5-3, eventually completing his third set point to keep his hopes alive. But Medvedev dominates the fourth set as 33-year-old Vavrinka, who defeated defending champion Djokovic in the fourth round, is down with 38 total errors.
Monte Carlo resident Medvedev captured his first ATP Masters 1000 crown last month at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, which put him in the Top 5 of ATP charts for the first time. Before two left knee surgeries in August 2017, three-time major champion Vavrinka reached the Roland Garros final this year (by Nadal). The Swiss is already 27-17 in 2019, highlighted by the completion of the runner-up at the World Tennis Tournament ABN AMRO (l. To Monfils) in February.