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Daniil Medvedev advances to U.S. Open semis for third straight year

Sep 7, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia hits a forehand against Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands (not pictured) on day nine of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 7, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia hits a forehand against Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands (not pictured) on day nine of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Second-seeded Daniil Medvedev reached the U.S. Open semifinals for the third straight year following a 6-3, 6-0, 4-6, 7-5 victory over qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp on Tuesday in New York.

The Russian racked up 13 aces while ending the surprising run of van de Zandschulp, a 25-year-old from the Netherlands.

Medvedev lost in the 2019 final to Rafael Nadal of Spain and fell in last year’s semifinals to eventual champ Dominic Thiem of Austria.

“I just want to do a little bit better than the last two times and get over this last little step, which is the toughest one,” Medvedev said afterward.

He will face either 12th-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada or Carlos Alcaraz of Spain in the semis. Those two men square off Tuesday night.

The 25-year-old Medvedev recorded 36 winners against 24 unforced errors against van de Zandschulp, who is just the third men’s qualifier to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals. The others are Nicolas Escude (1999) and Gilles Muller (2008).

Medvedev sailed through the first two sets before losing the third.

Medvedev admitted to concern before putting the match away in a tight fourth set.

“It’s an amazing run, coming from qualies to make quarters,” Medvedev said of van de Zandschulp. “He played so many tough matches, and today he was still able to come back.

“In the fourth set, anything could happen. It was an amazing level from him in the third and fourth sets.”

van de Zandschulp registered 36 winners against 35 unforced errors.

–Field Level Media