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Daniil Medvedev Overcomes Injuries And Wawrinka To Reach US Open Semi-Finals

Daniil Medvedev is into his first grand slam semi-final after a bizarre four set victory over Stan Wawrinka.



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Daniil Medvedev is into his first grand slam semi-final after defeating Stan Wawrinka 7-6(6) 6-3 3-6 6-1. 


The Russian overcame early injury concerns and a powerful Stan Wawrinka in four sets to reach the US Open semi-final.

It was a bizarre match as Medvedev played the smarter tennis to reach his first grand slam semi-final in New York.

Next for Medvedev is Roger Federer or Grigor Dimitrov.

After playing US Open villain for his last two matches, there was a mixed reaction for Medvedev as he looked for the early break.

That is exactly what the Russian got after a positive start with Wawrinka unable to power past him in the early stages of the contest.

Although there were quite a few double faults from Medvedev, he managed to obtain his focus and hang on to his early advantage.

As for the Swiss, five break point opportunities came and went as he couldn’t take advantage of a physically compromised Medvedev.

A medical time-out and further taping was needed to resolve an upper-leg issues as he was struggling to keep the rallies long, which was his main strength.

When serving for the set, the world number five couldn’t deny his more experienced opponent any further as he conceded the break for 5-5.

From then on, it looked like the 34 year-old would strike the crucial blow as it looked increasingly likely that Medvedev would retire.

However a change in tactics to rush Wawrinka was deeply effective as he took a bizarre tiebreak 8-6, despite being pegged back from 5-2 up.

A deeply frustrated Wawrinka had no answer as he couldn’t outsmart and outthink his way past the 5th seed in the second set.

There was a number of forehand unforced errors that gave Medvedev the crucial and only break of the set in the fourth game.

In an amazing turn of events, the Cincinnati champion closed out the set in 33 minutes to give himself a two sets to love lead.

Despite losing the first two sets, Wawrinka stuck with his experience and fire-power in the third set as he raced out to a 3-0 lead.

More fatigued shots from the Russian were present as he looked to slowly run out of tank as he wanted to conserve as much energy as possible.

Some great angles as well as gutsy serving saw the former US Open champion survive a 12 minute ninth game to seal the third set.

Although the third set sparked some life into the match, there was no sign of life for the Swiss’ hopes of reaching the semi-finals here.

A couple of very loose and uncharacteristic games handed Medvedev two breaks of serve in the set as the Russian’s effective tennis once again prevailed.

The win means he will contest his first grand slam semi-final in a match he looked unlikely to win in the first set due to injury concerns.

Next for Medvedev is Federer or Dimitrov on Friday.


Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Pierre Hugues Herbert to reach the quarter finals in Metz



Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-3 6-4 in an all French head-to-head match to reach the quarter finals at the Moselle Open in Metz.


Tsonga won 82 % of his first serve points and fended off all three set points to reach the quarter finals. He broke in the the fourth game of the opening set and in the first game of the second set to seal the win.

Tsonga has improved his winning record to 4-0 in his four head-to-head matches against Herbert.

Tsonga set up a quarter final against Nikoloz Basilashvili, who came back from 4-6 down in the tie-break of the second set to beat German qualifier Yannick Maden 6-2 7-6 (8-6). Tsonga and Basilashvili tied 1-1 in their head-to-head matches, but the Georgian player beat his French rival won their most recent clash in Lyon last May.

Lucas Pouille cruised past this year’s Antalya champion Lorenzo Sonego 6-1 6-4 setting up a quarter final against Filip Krajinovic. Pouille raced out the last five games of the first set and fended off both break points he faced. The Frenchman broke twice in a row in the fourth and sixth game to win the first set 6-1. Pouille rallied from 15-40 down to break serve in the seventh game at deuce. He served out the win after saving two break points in the 10th game.

Pablo Carreno Busta upset David Goffin 6-3 6-2 with four breaks of serve avenging his recent defeat against the Belgian player. Carreno Busta set up a quarter final against Aljaz Bedene, who beat Gilles Simon 7-6 (11-9) 6-2. The Slovenian player fended off two set points at 5-6 and at 7-8 in the tie-break of the first set and won the first four points of the second set en route to closing out the second set 6-2.



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Daniil Medvedev Scores Sponsorship Deal With BMW

The 23-year-old is set to attend a series of activities organised by the car manufacturer over the coming months.



Daniil Medvedev’s recent surge in success on the tour seems to be also boosting his profile away from the court after he teamed up with car manufacturer BMW.


The world No.4 will take part in a series of activities involving the Russian branch of the BMW company in both his home country and abroad. A contract was signed earlier this week following a meeting in St Petersburg, where Medvedev is playing his latest competition on the ATP Tour. He has agreed to feature in a series of campaigns promoting the BMW M, which specialises in sports cars. No financial details of the contract have been published.

“BMW M is BMW’s fastest, most powerful and most innovative sports car. And Daniil Medvedev is the brightest and most titled Russian tennis player right now.” The director general of BMW Russia, Stefan Teuchert, said in a statement.
“On the tennis court, Medvedev demonstrates qualities typical of BMW sports cars – speed, power, intelligence and a strong character. We are glad that we managed to agree on cooperation, and we look forward to future joint projects.”

23-year-old Medvedev has triggered a surge of interest in him following his summer breakthrough. Prior to the final grand slam of the season, he reached three consecutive finals in Washington, Canada and Cincinnati. Becoming only the third man in history to do after Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi. It was in Cincinnati where he won his first Masters title. Then at the US Open, Medvedev finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal after contesting a five-set epic against the Spaniard.


Medvedev will be hoping to continue his surge of form this week at the St Petersburg Open where he is the top seed. He is yet to contest an ATP final on Russian territory. However, the rising star has stated that his recent surge in success has given him extra belief on the tour.

“I have become convinced: when I am in good shape, I can beat anyone, or at least give a fight. It is most important. I seemed to know this before, but was not completely sure. Now I know this for sure.” Medvedev said during an interview with Sport Express.

According to the ATP, Medvedev has been the most successful player in indoor tournaments on the Tour within the past 52 weeks. Claiming two trophies and winning 22 matches overall. Giving him a 0.786 winning percentage.

He will open up his campaign in St Petersburg on Thursday against compatriot Evgeny Donskoy.

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Casper Ruud beats Alexander Bublik to win his first indoor match in St. Petersburg



Norway’s Casper Ruud came back from one set down to beat Alexander Bublik 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-2 at the St. Petersburg Open to win his first win at an indoor ATP Tour tournament.


Bublik got the first break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ruud broke staright back to draw level to 4-4. The first set went on serve until the tie-break which Bublik sealed 7-3 on his first set point. Ruud earned the only break in the third game to win the second set 6-3.

Ruud reeled off the final five games from 1-2 with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games to set up a second round match against Italy’s Salvatore Caruso, who rallied from one set down to beat his compatriot Thomas Fabbiano 2-6 6-3 6-3.

Mikhail Kukushkin came back from 2-4 down in the first set to beat 2017 St. Petersburg champion Damir Dzumhur 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 to secure his spot in the quarter finals.

Russian qualifier Egor Gerasimov cruised past Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-1.

Marton Fucsovics came back from 1-5 down in the first set and fended off five set points to beat Alexey Vatutin 7-5 6-1 setting up a match against Borna Coric.

Joao Sousa cruised past Jozef Kovalik 6-2 6-3 6-2 6-3 without dropping a set to set up a second round match against second seed Karen Khachanov.



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