US Open 2019: Daniil Medvedev beats Stan Wawrinka to reach semi-finals
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Fifth seed Daniil Medvedev feared he wouldn’t be in a position to last prior to reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final at the US Open.
Medvedev, 23, acquired painkillers and hammering on his thigh in the first pair of some 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 3-6 6-1 victory on the Korean on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The Russian will face five-time champion Roger Federer or Grigor Dimitrov to get a place in Sunday’s closing.
“For certain, I am hoping to be ready for the semis,” Medvedev said.
“Before the match I had been feeling great. At the first place I think I pulled my quadriceps. I thought I was not going to keep the match and had a really major pain.
“In the fourth set, I started feeling the painkiller and started moving better.”
Medvedev, crowned Cincinnati Masters champion in August, seized the first initiative – but struggled after receiving heavy strapping during a medical timeout when.
After defending champion Novak Djokovic retired wounded from their match on Monday, three-time Grand Slam winner Wawrinka, who reached the final eight, capitalised for the obstinate Medvedev, only to level at 5-5 to close out a first pair tie-break with three points.
With his movement enhancing, Medvedev serve in the fourth game to take the second set – though the momentum swung in the next since the 23rd seed raced to a 3-0 lead and saved 2 break-points to serve out the group.
But the resilient Russian, after hammering the audience, booed in his win over German Dominik Koepfer, broke serve to seal his own new place in the last four at Flushing Meadows and rallied against the winner that was exhausting 2016.
Following his 9,000 (#7,400) fine to get an observable obscenity and unsportsmanlike behaviour in his third-round victory over Feliciano Lopez on Friday, Medvedev relished the boos that transpired once he came on court and throughout his own post-match interview.
“So many people support me, so a lot of folks don’t like me personally,” he told the audience after his quarter-final win.
“I could only say, I try to be myself men. I have to say, sorry guys, and thank you!”
Swiss excellent Federer is in activity against Dimitrov.
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