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Medvedev ‘the champion in waiting’.

Not unexpectedly, Dan Evans’ run came to an end in the fourth round of the US Open at the hands of the second seed Daniil Medvedev, the Russian who is chasing his first grand slam title having failed at the last Australian Open when defeated by the man he may have to face again if the pair make the final this year. And both are on course.

Feeling great before the second week. Feeling great with my tennis, my mental, my physical. Just looking forward, Daniil Medvedev

“In sport, there’s levels, and he was a different level to me today,” Evans admitted after suffering his 6-3 6-4 6-3 loss in just 103-minutes.

For Medvedev, one of the few players able to prevent Novak Djokovic from pocketing his dream calendar Grand Slam, it is the fourth time he has made the last eight in the last five majors, and has not dropped a set in all his four matches in New York.

“Now I just want to make it to the finals again to have another thing to remember, and hopefully a better one,” Medvedev said.

The Russian certainly looks unstoppable as he only dropped his serve once but still acknowledged that his opponent had more than played a part.

“Great match, because (it was my) first match against Evans, and he’s a tough opponent to play against; really tricky,” Medvedev stated. “(I’ve) said a few times, but, you know, he was the only player to have a match point against Stan (Wawrinka) when Stan won the title. That means something.

“He’s top player for many years already, so I knew I had to keep my focus from start to finish. I was serving good. I was trying to change up the game, mix up the game, and I’m really happy that I beat such tough opponent with that score and with that much energy left.”

The 25-year-old from Moscow has now won 12 of his last 13 matches en route to his third straight US Open quarterfinals and can be seen as the ‘champion in waiting’.

“Feeling great before the second week. Feeling great with my tennis, my mental, my physical. Just looking forward,” Medvedev added.

In the match an Evans double fault handed Medvedev his first break for a 3-1 lead in the first set which was enough for the Russian to pocket it a few games later.

After trading second-set breaks for 3-3, the Russian broke to love in the seventh game to make it two-sets to love.

In the third set, Medvedev broke in the third game with a forehand winner and took the final eight points, holding and breaking to love to secure his allotted place in the last eight.


Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands is the surprise package of this year's US Open

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Medvedev’s next opponent is Botic Van de Zandschulp from The Netherlands who is the surprise package of the championships having come through a tough qualifying competition to progress in a series of lengthy matches, into the last eight for what is the best showing by any US Open qualifier since Frenchman Nicolas Escude in 1999 and Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in 2008.

All his matches have been mini-marathons with two going the five-set distance including his last against the 11th seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina, whom he beat 6-3 6-4 5-7 5-7 6-1 after two hours and 20-minutes.

“I don’t really have words for it,” Van de Zandschulp said. “Played so many matches. Some of them I was on the brink of defeat, but I pulled through and won them.

“First time for me in America and it feels great. No one expected me to reach the quarter-finals,” and added that back in Holland everyone must be astonished. “I think they are amazed and hopefully proud,” he said.

“I played pretty good, played flawlessly,” Van de Zandschulp continued. “I start thinking maybe you can win the match, started to get a little bit nervous. Yeah, lost the third 7-5 and in the fourth, yeah, same thing happened, I think, 5-4, two match points, then lost again 7-5.

“I thought in the fifth I played my best tennis of the match. Played aggressively, and, yeah, I think in the end I deserved to win.”

Ranked No. 117, Van de Zandschulp had only a total of five ATP Tour main draw wins before entering New York.

“I started in qualies here. Didn’t really expect before the tournament that I would make the qualies here,” he revealed. “Of course, I won like two rounds, one in Wimbledon, one in Roland Garros. Yeah, beat one good player, Hurkacz in Roland Garros, and so I knew that I could beat players who are ranked 20 or 10 in the world. But I didn’t do it like this often, this consistently. I think I’m playing really consistently here, showing some good tennis throughout the whole tournament. So, yeah, that’s new for me.”


Carlos Alcaraz, the teenager who is living up to expectations.

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Van de Zandschulp isn’t the only player to be making a mark at the Flushing Meadows for the teenager Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest quarter-finalist at the US Open since Brazilian Thomaz Koch in 1963 when he recovered from two sets to one down to deny the weary-looking veteran German qualifier, ranked 141, Peter Gojowczyk 5-7 6-1 5-7 6-2 6-0, who required treatment on his leg.

“I’m super excited to be in my first second week in a Grand Slam, so it’s amazing for me. It’s a dream come true,” the young Spaniard, who had ousted the third seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas in five sets in the previous round, said.

“It’s really tough to play these kind of matches, to play fifth sets,” Alcaraz, world ranked 55, continued. “I hope to play more second weeks, to play more quarterfinals of Grand Slams.

“I didn’t expect to play quarterfinals here. So I think it’s a really good performance from me in these matches, so I’m really happy to play these kind of matches.”

Alcaraz will now meet the 21-year-old Canadian, the 12th seed, Felix Auger-Aliassime who rallied from a set down to oust American hope Frances Tiafoe 4-6 6-2 7-6(6) 6-4 to reach his second straight Grand Slam quarterfinal.




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