Match Preview: Alcaraz to Face Medvedev at US Open SFs

(New York-Flushing Meadows) – Bidding to become the first player to defend the title at Flushing Meadows since Roger Federer in 2008, top seed Carlos Alcaraz will take on 2021 winner Daniil Medvedev on Friday night session for a place in the US Open final.

In a clash of two US Open champions, World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz and third seed Daniil Medvedev will square off Friday night at the Arthur Ashe Stadium for a place in the US Open championship match.

The winner will play either play 23-time major winner Novak Djokovic or American young star Ben Shelton.

Following his quarterfinal triumph over 12th seed Alexander Zverev last Thursday, the 20-year-old Spaniard spoke about his upcoming opponent, Medvedev, during his post-match press conference.

[The] last matches I played against Daniil, I played a tactical game. I did pretty well all the things I had to do against him, so I think my game suits pretty well against an opponent like Daniil.”

Adding: “I’m going to try to do the same things that I did, for example, in Indian Wells and Wimbledon, and hopefully to get the win and play the same level that I played in those matches.

Two of their previous three clashes on tour took place this season, both won by Alcaraz, who in 2023 has captured six titles, including Wimbledon.

The Murcia native took the best from the World No. 3, prevailing in the Indian Wells final 6-2, 6-3 to lift his maiden trophy at the Masters 1000 event.

Last July, they clashed again at The Championships’ semifinals, with the Moscow native falling in straight sets to the eventual champion.

For his part, Medvedev, who this week became the third player to qualify for the prestigious season-ending event, the Nitto ATP Finals, secured his spot into the US Open last four by ousting countryman Andrey Rublev 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

The quarterfinal contest took place under challenging weather conditions due to the high temperatures registered in New York on Wednesday.

It was brutal. The only good thing I see in these conditions is that both suffer. It was tough for both of us,” he outlined.

There were some ups and downs, but that is so normal. At the end of the first set, I sort of could not see the ball anymore. I played with sensations.

The 20-time ATP titlist will have to bring his A-game to the court on Friday to have a chance against the eclectic Alcaraz, who has been displaying great consistency throughout the season.

In the lead-up to the semifinals, the reigning champion holds an impressive 58-6 record in 2023.

Moreover, across his second straight appearance at the Slam, he has won 62 of 66 service games, saving 21 of 25 break points and converting 23 of 54 break-point opportunities he earned.

I’m more mature now. I grew up a lot since last year,” Alcaraz remarked after beating Zverev, showcasing great confidence.

Last year, I was facing my first semifinal of a Grand Slam. Now, I’m facing my fourth one. I feel like I’m a totally different player. I feel like I am more mature. I deal better with the pressure in those kinds of moments. I feel like I am different, a different person and a different player.

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