2023 US Open: Daniil Medvedev upsets Carlos Alcaraz, advances to face Novak Djokovic in men's final

World No. 3 Daniil Medvedev upset No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz in the United States Open Friday night and has actually advanced to deal with Novak Djokovic in the males’s last on Sunday. This will be a repeat of the 2021 last, when Medvedev removed the Serbian veteran in straight sets.

That was the competition in which Medvedev made his only Grand Slam title. Djokovic, on the other hand, will be searching for his 24th significant prize.

Medvedev stopped working to protect his title in 2015 after losing to Nick Kyrgios in the Round of 16, however he has actually plainly carried on from that frustrating outcome. He had actually resisted Alcaraz in their 2 previous matches this year, however Medvedev beat the young Spanish star 7-6 (7-3), 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 on Friday night. 

Djokovic, presently ranked No. 2 on the planet, won the very first semifinal of the night by removing unseeded American Ben Shelton 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4). The veteran currently won the United States Open in 2011, 2015 and 2018, however he is no place near decreasing as he prepares yourself for his 36th profession Grand Slam last. 

Friday’s win likewise assisted Djokovic reached the last of all 4 Grand Slams in one season for the 3rd time in his profession, with the other 2 taking place in 2015 and 2021.

No. 2 Novak Djokovic def. Ben Shelton 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)

Shelton had actually been the the youngest American male to reach the semifinals of the United States Open because Michael Chang in 1992. Falling to Djokovic indicates the United States has actually gone another year without a guy winning a Grand Slam title because Andy Roddick in 2003, or reached a last because 2009.

Djokovic took control early in the match and won the last 4 video games of the 2nd set. It looked like he had the 3rd in the bag however Shelton wished to go down swinging and made it a real fight at the end. The American increasing star turned heads with a 149 miles per hour serve previously in the competition, however he had actually played more conservatively versus Djokovic. 

Shelton lastly signed up a 145 miles per hour serve in the 3rd set and battled hard sufficient to require a tiebreak. Unfortunately for him, his challenger was a veteran who understands how to keep his composure. Djokovic entered this tiebreak with a 24-5 record and included another win versus the young American.

“These are the kind of matches and occasions that I still thrive on. They still get me going and inspire me to wake up and work hard like the young guys,” stated Djokovic throughout his on-court interview. “Grand Slams are the occasions that motivate me the most to play my best tennis.”

“I’ve been blessed to really play this sport for so many years, and I’ve achieved a lot but I still feel I have something in my legs left. I still feel I have something to give to the sport.”

No. 3 Daniil Medvedev def. No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz 7-6 (7-3), 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

Medvedev lost to Alcaraz at the Indian Wells last and Wimbledon semifinals previously this year, however he made some modifications and began Friday’s match strong.

The initially set went to a tiebreak, and Medvedev came out triumphant to win his very first set versus Alcaraz in 2023. He kept the momentum going and won the very first 3 video games of the 2nd set. 

It appeared he was going to win a 4th successive one however Alcaraz pressed back to win one. Medvedev didn’t let that shake him and went on to take the set 6-1, which put him in an excellent area as he had actually been 25-0 after wining the very first 2 sets at the United States Open. Meanwhile, Alcaraz had actually never ever returned from 2 sets down to win.

Alcaraz took a restroom break and may have offered himself a pep talk due to the fact that he went on to win the 3rd set. The 4th one was really competitive. Medvedev discovered a 4-2 lead after a video game that took about 12 minutes. He then rapidly won the next one, however Alcaraz made the last one really tough discovering the benefit a couple of times.

“Amazing, especially beating someone like Carlos,” Medvedev stated on the court when asked what it suggested to be back in the United States Open last. “I lost to two times easy against him this year, so before the match for sure there were a lot of doubts.”

“I said I needed to play 11 out of 10. I played 12 out of 10 except the third set. That’s the only way … To beat him, you need to be better than yourself.”

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