Dominic Thiem vs Daniil Medvedev: US Open Preview and Prediction
Second seed Dominic Thiem takes on 3rd seed Daniil Medvedev in a scintillating semifinal at the US Open.
Thiem has played smart tennis so far. After a rusty opening-win against Jaume Munar who retired hurt after two sets, the Austrian thrashed Sumit Nagal in the second round in straight sets. He stuck to his strengths overcoming former US Open champion, Marin Cilic in four sets in the third round.
The fast-rising Felix Auger Aliassime was dispatched 7-6 6-1 6-1 in the fourth round. Another Next-Gen player, Alex De Minaur was shown the door in straight sets in the quarterfinals.
On the other hand, Medvedev has been playing no-nonsense tennis having not lost a single set so far. He began his campaign outlasting Federico Delbonis in straight sets. He won in three sets against Christopher O'Connell in the second round. He overcame the wildcard, Jeffrey John Wolf 6-3 6-3 6-2 in the third round.
Homeboy, Frances Tiafoe was thrashed with just the loss of five games in the fourth round. Playing against his good friend and compatriot, Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals, Medvedev etched out a tough 7-6 6-3 7-6 win to book his spot in the semis.
Head to Head record
Thiem leads the head to head record 2-1 against Medvedev.
“I would say that he comes very close to the Big Three in terms of how he can play his top level for… four, five, six hours, that’s going to be really difficult, but I’m looking forward to that one, it’s going to be a great semi-final," said Thiem praising his opponent ahead of the showdown.
“Dominic is a tough opponent to play… I got to feel it last year in the final of Barcelona, on hard courts, I think it’s a little bit easier when I say 'easier', he just made the final of the Australian Open, for me, it will be easier to play him on hard courts than clay courts," opined Medvedev outlining his gameplan.
While Thiem would use heavy topspin in his one-handed backhand to trouble Medvedev, the Russian would look to put Thiem on the wrong foot with his consistent groundstrokes. Thiem will have an edge if there are long rallies and Medvedev would have to be smart at the net to fetch points.
Having lost in a tough five-set final to Rafael Nadal in last year's US Open, Medvedev would be keen to make amends this year. After finishing as a runner-up in three grand slam finals, this is Thiem's best chance to clinch his maiden slam and do justice to his enormous potential.
In this grueling match on the big stage, both players would have to take it point by point to get through.
Prediction - Daniil Medvedev to win in four sets
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