Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev

World Number 78, Grigor Dimitrov, and the fifth seed, Daniil Medvedev put the show on the Arthur Ashe while tussling to seal their first-ever Grand Slam final spot. The 23-year-old from Russia, Medvedev makes it to his first major finals with a 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-3 victory over Dimitrov in the US Open 2019 semifinals. He reaches the finals of US Open without playing a ‘Big Three’ contestant in the tournament. 

He holds a 20-2 win-loss record during the North American swing. The six-feet-six-inches tall, Medvedev will play the 18-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal or Matteo Berrettini in the championship match on Sunday.  

Set One:

A disappointing beginning from Dimitrov as he wafted error-strewn groundstrokes, it gave the Russian three break chances. The Hawk-Eye confirmed Dimitrov’s wide forehand on break point and he lost his opening service game by a millimeter. Medvedev did consolidate his serve after committing two double faults. The Bulgarian swiftly recovered from his 0-2 trail and was back on serve at 2-2 after a battle on the net. 

DimiDrop!

After trembling in the opening game, Dimitrov mustered three games in a row. He began exercising his previous Grand Slam experiences and played a safe game on his serves. Physically, Medvedev seemed drained out and yearned for closing out the set as early as possible.

Down the line… On the line… 

Dimitrov’s hold to love at 6-5 gave him 11 consecutive points on serve. In the next game, World Number 78 wanted to challenge his forehand winner which kissed the line but ran out of challenges. He received an opportunity to close out the set 7-5, but Medvedev’s forehand landed on the tramlines and later pushed the set into the tiebreaker.

A tight game of tennis was depicted in the tiebreaker, a minor error could have see-sawed the set drastically. Grigor’s wafting a wide forehand on the lanky Russian’s set point, gave him a chance to lead by a set in the US Open 2019 semifinals.

#TENNIS

In the opening set, Dimitrov hit 14 winners to 15 unforced errors and Medvedev hit 7 winners to 18 unforced errors, but it was Russian who got hold of the set.

Getting Closer!

Set Two:

Long rallies from the baseline persisted in the second set, the lanky Russian held a 3-1 lead with a witty backhand pass on his opponent’s court. With a shoulder slice in the next game, Dimitrov earned three break-back points and Medvedev could score out all three of them.

With Daniil’s seventh double fault in the match and the Bulgarian counterpunching a big forehand winner, Grigor snatched his dropped service game at 3-2.

Baseline Warrior!

The relentless striking was carried out from baseline to baseline. A 33-shot rally was followed by a ferocious forehand from Dimitrov which aided the Bulgarian to hold his serve at 4-4. The next game witnessed multiple deuces and brilliant rallies. The baseliners moved towards the net to put up the show, and the Russian, Daniil Medvedev made a monumental hold at 5-4.

Baseline backhand

OHBH from the net

Wow!

Dimitrov had chances to continued the set at 5-5, but with the World Number five, Daniil Medvedev passing a backhand and the Bulgarian netting the next ball, cleared the pathway for Russian’s maiden Grand Slam final.

Set Three: 

A double-fault in the third set gave Dimitrov big trouble as Daniil Medvedev held break chances at 2-1. With Dimitrov widening a forehand, the Russian led by 3-1 and later stretched his lead to 4-1.

Monfils!

Dimitrov saved two match points from his serve and prevailed just another game in the semifinal encounter. He came up with some unplayable winners, but it is Medvedev who will be playing the title match Sunday!

US Open finals!

Second NextGen contestant to reach Slam finals!

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