An all-Russian clash in the quarterfinals of the US Open sees 2019 runner-up Daniil Medvedev taking on old friend Andrey…
An all-Russian clash in the quarterfinals of the US Open sees 2019 runner-up Daniil Medvedev taking on old friend Andrey Rublev.
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Daniil Medvedev has emerged as the favourite to win the US Open after the shock exit of Novak Djokovic left a vacuum on the men’s side of the draw – and he lived up to that billing with a dominant win over Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round.
Medvedev has a perfect record against his compatriot and old friend Andrey Rublev, who avenged last year’s defeat to Matteo Berrettini to reach the US Open quarterfinals. Can Rublev find a way to break down the defensive wall of Medvedev?
Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.
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Medvedev vs Rublev: Head-to-head
Daniil Medvedev leads the head-to-head with Andrey Rublev 3-0. All three of their matches have taken place on hard courts, and two were in 2019: On outdoor hard courts in Cincinnati and indoor hard courts in St Petersburg.
Medvedev has won all six sets the two have played.
Medvedev vs Rublev: Preview
The certainty that a new men’s Grand Slam champion will be crowned on Sunday didn’t seem to disrupt Daniil Medvedev when he took the court for his fourth-round match. On the contrary, Medvedev remains the only player left in the men’s draw who hasn’t dropped a set as he delivered a ruthless takedown of Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-1, 6-0.
Tiafoe, like the other players Medvedev has faced on his way through the draw, isn’t really on Medvedev’s level but the discipline the Russian has maintained in not losing focus and conserving as much energy as possible is both impressive and slightly surprising.
Now the third seed is closing in on a return to the final, and he hasn’t needed the antagonistic energy of the crowd to fuel him, either.
In terms of match-ups, Medvedev couldn’t really have asked for a better player to stand across the net from him in what will be his second Grand Slam quarterfinal.
It will also be Andrey Rublev’s second Grand Slam quarterfinal. Two years younger than Medvedev, Rublev was really one of the first of his generation to break through when he made a quarterfinal run at the US Open in 2017, but he got overtaken by other prospects while he struggled with a back injury.
It was on American hard courts in 2019 that Rublev reminded us how good he is, beating Roger Federer to reach the Cincinnati quarterfinals (where he lost to Medvedev) before reaching the round of 16 in New York. Matteo Berrettini beat him there, but Rublev, after dropping the first set of the rematch, avenged that defeat in style, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Rublev took control of the baseline and dictated play throughout the majority of the match to make it back to the last eight.
Rublev has played so well (when he’s had the chance) over the past year, it’s unfortunate for him that he is up against Medvedev, a man who – any way you slice it – is simply a bad match-up for him. Rublev absolutely hammers the ball off both wings, but it makes no bones for Medvedev, who thrives on hard-hitting, error-prone players who cannot go toe-to-toe with him from the baseline without making errors – let alone the kinds of errors which Medvedev’s junk-balling tends to extract, if only because his variety demands such concentration from his opponents. Rublev might, at best, take a set if he redlines, but Medvedev should wear him down and outlast him.