Defending champion and top seed Carlos Alcaraz takes on former winner Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals of the US Open on Friday.
The match is scheduled to be the last fixture on the Arthur Ashe Stadium on day 12.
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World No. 1 Alcaraz enters the semifinal crash after a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory over 12th-seeded German and former finalist Alexander Zverev. The 20-year-old Spaniard, who played with his left thigh heavily taped, seemed to be struggling with his forehand throughout the match but managed to convert the break point opportunities he had.
Alcaraz has dropped only one set in his five matches so far which happened against Daniel Evans in the third round.
On the other hand, third seed Medvedev comes into the final-four fixture after beating fellow Russian Andrey Rublev in straight sets in gruelling conditions, which he later termed “dangerous” in his press conference.
While the faster courts at Flushing Meadows do suit Medvedev’s playing style, he might have to change his strategy of staying way behind the baseline against Alcaraz as that did not work at all in Indian Wells and Wimbledon earlier this year.
Played: 3 | Medvedev: 1 | Alcaraz: 2
Alcaraz leads the head-to-head record against Medvedev. The Russian won their first meeting 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in the second round of Wimbledon two years ago. However, since then, Alcaraz has dominated him in their last two matches. The Spaniard won 6-3, 6-2 in this year’s Indian Wells final before emerging victorious 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in the Wimbledon semifinals.
ROAD TO SEMIFINAL
Quarterfinal: 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 against Alexander Zverev (Germany)
Fourth Round: 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 against Matteo Arnaldi (Italy)
Third Round: 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 against Daniel Evans (Great Britain)
Second Round: 6-3, 6-1, 7-6(4) against Lloyd Harris (South Africa)
First Round: 6-2, 3-2, retd. against Dominik Koepfer (Germany)
Quarterfinal: 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 against Andrey Rublev (Russia)
Fourth Round: 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 against Alex de Minaur (Australia)
Third Round: 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(6) against Sebastian Baez (Argentina)
Second Round: 6-2, 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-2 against Christopher O’Connell (Australia)
First Round: 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 against Attila Balazs (Hungary)
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