Much more solid and precise in the important moments, Daniil Medvedev asserted the predictions and will play his first final of a Grand Slam tournament on Sunday . The Russian, who arrived as a cyclone at the US Open, beat 7-6 (5), 6-4 and 6-3 in two hours and 38 minutes, to Grigor Dimitrov and will be measured with the winner of the match between Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berrettini.
With the victory against Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, Dimitrov, 78th in the world, finally shredded the mirror. Since he broke into one of the players called to star in the future, the analogies that were established between his game and that of the Swiss were logical. It is inevitable to assimilate. At 28, and despite not responding to the expectations awakened, Dimitrov remains one of the most pleasant players to contemplate, a pleasure for any fan.
He appeared in New York with a single win in eight games, immersed in a crisis that he had not managed to escape with the hiring last spring of Radek Stepanek as coach. In his third semifinal of a Grand Slam tournament, after losing to Novak Djokovic in Wimbledon, in 2014, and against Nadal at the 2017 Australian Open, the Bulgarian reacted soon to the blank loss of his service just starting the match.
Daniil Medvedev represents the opposite trend. Champion in Cincinnati and finalist in Montreal and Washington, he broke into the top 5 at the US Open and broke the eighth border he had in the majors . The Russian took forward the first set even being far from his best performance. With a good part of the statistics against it, the most significant 40% of success in the first service, took advantage in the tiebreaker. Dimitrov, who had a set ball to the rest when he dominated for six games to five, again showed signs in the tie break of his lack of determination. He made two mistakes of weight, both with the right punch, which ended up costing him the partial.
Below the performance of the preceding matches, with the left quadriceps protected after the inconvenience suffered in the quarterfinal match against Stan Wawrinka, Medvedev was nourished by the concessions of his rival, which were not few. Dimitrov soon lost the advantage acquired with the break at the start of a second set undergoing a continuous swing.
Under the roof of Arthur Ashe, on a rainy afternoon in New York, neither of the first two semifinalists offered too much reliability. Medvedev, 23, took control of the game after being overtaken by his opponent in the beginning. Dimitrov started well, with good use of the reverse cut and varying heights. He recovered the proposal midway through the second set, but stayed again on the shore, this time to deliver his serve in the ninth game. Medvedev gradually acquired its genuine version. Rough, difficult to destabilize, he took over the meeting and put the direct. With the delivery of the serve in the fourth game of the third set, Dimitrov completely missed the possibility of premiering in the final of a major. It will be Daniil Medvedev, the most progressive tennis player in recent months, who will present his credentials and bid for the title in the last Grand Slam of the season.
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