Daniil Mevdedev reaches the semifinal of the US Open for the second year consecutively. Credit: Twitter

Dominic Thiem defeated Australia’s Alex de Minaur in straight sets of 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday, and reached the semi-finals of the US Open 2020.

Although, Alex de Minaur gave his best in the quarterfinal clash, it was the US Open favourite, Dominic Thiem who clearly dominated the match and finished it off in just two hours and four minutes.

Thiem, who is gunning for his first Grand Slam title at the Flushing Meadows, won 83 percent of the first serve points with 44 winners, while Minaur could only manage 49 percent with only 17 winners.

Meanwhile, it was an all-Russian battle of childhood friends when Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev faced each other in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Medvedev capitalized well in two very tight tiebreaks, eventually winning the match 7-6, 6-3, 7-6 to reach the semifinals of the US Open for the second year consecutively.

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“One point decided two sets,” said Medvedev after the match.

Rublev was cruising in his game as he won more than 80 percent of first-service points, but things took a sudden turn and Medvedev came right back into the game, winning seven of the next eight points after facing a 1-5 deficit in the first set tiebreak.

Rublev made a valiant effort in the final set, but eventually it turned out futile as Mevdedev powered through in the third-set tiebreak.

Mevdedev will take on Thiem in one of the semi-finals while Alexander Zverev of Germany will face Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in the tournament’s other semi-final on Saturday.

With Novak Djokovic disqualified from the tournament , the US Open awaits a first time Grand Slam winner this year.

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