Daniil Medvedev was the first player to qualify for the US Open semifinals, beating Dutch revelation Botic van de Zandschulp in four sets. This is the third consecutive time in which the Russian enters the penultimate year in the Big Apple, testifying to his excellent feeling with this tournament.
Fans will remember his splendid ride in 2019, when he reached the final bowing only to Rafael Nadal after a five-set battle. The world number 2 will now face Felix Auger-Aliassime, in his first semi-final in a Grand Slam, who took advantage of Carlos Alcaraz’s retirement in the middle of the second set.
Earlier this week, Frances Tiafoe explained how the absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal gave further motivation to all the players on the draw. The Swiss and the Spaniard are both in the pits due to injury, while Novak Djokovic is attempting to complete the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’
During the press conference on Tuesday, Medvedev expressed some interesting thoughts on the Big 3.
Medvedev on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
“I don’t feel it,” Daniil Medvedev said. “I think for me it’s actually more about that when they were a bit younger or even few years ago, we always saw them in semis.
They were in the top four so they couldn’t meet each other before semis, and almost all the Grand Slams they were in semis. So they were taking all the spots, just because they are the greatest in the history of tennis.
They are amazing tennis players. I’m really happy that I managed to make it to three straight semifinals US Open where, well, can we say also that I took this one spot all the time? It’s a question of level, of tennis abilities and everything,” he added.
Daniil Medvedev further went on to say that for him, the tournament is about his level of tennis and not about which player is present or absent from the draw. “I don’t care if Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal is here,” the 25-year-old said.
“I want to win the tournament. It’s going to be tougher if they were here, and of course it would be tougher if they would be 30 years old. But I just want to do my best, so I don’t care if they are here or not.”
Daniil Medvedev will now take on Felix Auger-Aliassime in the semifinals, and is likely to face World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final as per the draw. “I don’t think about him (Novak Djokovic), because as we saw, anybody can beat anybody,” Daniil Medvedev said. “If he’s in the final, and if I’m there, I’m happy. He’s also happy, I guess.”