US Open 2021: Daniil Medvedev ousts van de Zandschulp to enter semi-finals for the 3rd straight year

US Open 2021: Daniil Medvedev ousts van de Zandschulp to become the first semi-finalist of the tournament
US Open 2021: Daniil Medvedev ousts van de Zandschulp to become the first semi-finalist of the tournament

US Open 2021: Daniil Medvedev ousts van de Zandschulp to enter semi-finals for the 3rd straight year: No. 2 Daniil Medvedev moved into the semifinals, although not without surrendering his first loss of a set, by defeating the surprising qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands, 6-3, 6-0, 4-6, 7-5. The Russian is into the semifinals of the US Open for the third straight year.

US Open 2021 Quarterfinals: Medvedev was content to play with van de Zandschulp in the early going, engaging in long rallies and, true to style, not trying to blow his less-experienced foe off the court. But the Russian crushed the qualifier just the same. The mild-mannered Dutchman did manage a break of serve at 2-5 in the first set. But Medvedev quickly extinguished that glimpse of hope and began to steamroll, bageling Botic in the second set.

US Open 2021: Daniil Medvedev ousts van de Zandschulp to enter semi-finalis for the 3rd straight year

US Open 2021 Quarterfinals: In the third set, a visibly tired van de Zandschulp suddenly showed signs of life. Behind an excellent serving performance, the Dutchman started to wear away at Medvedev, who appeared to be lulled into committing unforced errors. Van de Zandschulp captured the set against the Russian by winning 91% of his first-serve points.

Van de Zandschulps’s strong effort continued in the fourth set, where he extended Medvedev to 5-all. Despite his tired legs, the stubborn Dutchman showed how he made such a storied run to the quarterfinals—and why he was such a tough out. Medvedev was tested in the end, but the Russian lost just three points on his serve in the final set.

US Open 2021: Daniil Medvedev ousts van de Zandschulp to enter semi-finalis for the 3rd straight year

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