Medvedev goes against family by toppling Godfather at US Open, Sabalenka lights up the arena with dominant victory

Third seed Daniil Medvedev overcame the brutal Heat and aggressive Andrey Rublev to earn his victory with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 win over his daughter’s godfather, who reached a Grand Slam quarter for the ninth time Earned way to the last four of the US Open – last wall.

On another sweltering 30-degree day, Medvedev coped better with the sweltering humidity and heat at Arthur Ashe Stadium than eighth-seeded Rublev to reach the Flushing Meadows semi-finals for the fourth time in five years.

Despite the win, Medvedev wasn’t happy playing in such difficult conditions. The 2021 champion complained to the camera while wiping his sweat in the third set: “You can’t imagine that a player is going to die and then they’re going to see.”

For Rublev, it was the familiar end to a slam made all the more painful as he faced his good friend Medvedev for a third and second time at the US Open.

Rublev has played a Grand Slam quarterfinal nine times, losing each time, with Medvedev also knocking him out at the same stage at the 2020 US Open and the 2021 Australian Open.

The all-Russian game lacked the excitement and drama of the late-night all-American showdown between Frances Tiafoe and Ben Shelton hours earlier, but the sight of two seeded players battling each other and the elements was no less compelling.

“The only good thing I see in these conditions is that both are suffering,” Medvedev said.

“Usually there’s nobody who suffers, so it’s tough for both of us.

“Honestly, by the end of the first set, I kind of couldn’t see the ball anymore. I was kinda playing with sensations.

“I was just trying to try running, trying to catch the balls and he did the same.”

Rublev got the game off to a quick start, creating the early break to take a 3-0 lead, but Medvedev hit back, winning six of the next seven games.

It was a menacing start to the game for Rublev with Medvedev, who finished 25-0 at Flushing Meadows after winning the first set, and he completed the task in two hours and 48 minutes.

“Sometimes in front of the points I thought ‘Wow, it seems like he can’t walk anymore’… but he was there the whole time and I thought ‘Damn, when will he be tired?'” said Medvedev.

“But actually we were tired the whole time. So yes, brutal conditions and super hard to win.”

World No. 1 Sabalenka easily advances to the semifinals

Aryna Sabalenka has advanced to the semifinals of the US Open and looks to be the best player in the world by any measure as she clinched a 6-1, 6-4 win over Zheng Qinwen in just over an hour.

Sabalenka, who will be No. 1 in the WTA rankings due to the loss of Iga Swiatek in the fourth round next week, still hasn’t lost a set at Flushing Meadows.

They completed their quarterfinals on Wednesday in 92 degree heat, which resulted in the roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium being partially closed to provide more shade.

The No. 2 Belarusian has reached the last five Grand Slam semifinals and won her only major tournament at the Australian Open in January.

“I just gave myself another chance to do better in the semifinals,” Sabalenka said in her post-game interview.

“I still have a lot to do in New York. I will think about being world No. 1 after the US Open.”

Zheng, a 20-year-old Chinese who reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal by defeating No. 3 seed Ons Jabeur, parried a match point with an ace.

But she only managed 41 percent of her first serves in the game, winning just three points against Sabalenka’s great first serves.

Next up for Sabalenka is the winner of the night’s match on Ashe between ninth-seeded Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova and 17th-seeded 2017 US Open runner-up Madison Keys.

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