US Open: Thiem, Medvedev, Azarenka and Williams in semi-finals

Dominic Thiem easily dealt with Australian Alex de Minaur in three sets in the quarterfinals of the US Open. It was 6-1 6-2 6-4. In the semifinals Thiem now takes on the Russian Daniil Medvedev.

The 27-year old Austrian broke De Minaur‘s service in the first set three times in a row and dragged him into the set. The Australian started the second set well and won eleven consecutive points in his service games. In the fifth game De Minaur came 40-0 ahead, but still had to give up his service. After Thiem broke again, he also had that set in.

In the third set the Austrian lost an early lead. But after a second break he also won that set, and the match.

Medvedev

Medvedev secured a place in the semi-finals at Andrej Rublev’s expense. Last year‘s finalist only needed three sets to get rid of his compatriot: 7-6 (6), 6-3, 7-6 (5).

Rublev (22) left three set points unused in the first set. After a 6-3 lead in the tiebreak of the first set, he lost five points in a row. Rublev looked frustrated and didn’t show up in the second set. Nevertheless, the level of both Russians, good friends with each other, remained high and the nice changes of blows followed each other in quick succession.

In the final stages of the third set Medvedev was treated for a while, but it turned out that there was no serious injury. Again it turned out to be a tiebreak, in which Medvedev again showed himself to be the most constant of the two. Over the whole match there was only one break point to be noted.

Williams keeps dream alive

Serena Williams has qualified for the semi-finals at the expense of Tsvetana Pironkova. The 23-time Grand Prix champion needed three sets to get rid of the 32-year-old Bulgarian tennis star, the surprise of the tournament: 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

In the semi-finals Williams takes on Victoria Azarenka from Belarus who left Elise Mertens without a chance in the quarterfinals. The Belarusian allowed her Belgian opponent only one game, it became 6-1 6-0.

Pironkova, who played no game for more than three years, started strong against Williams and won the first set without losing a service game. In the second set the former number 31 of the world even had a break. That was the signal for Williams, six-time winner in New York, to increase the pace. With a bold face and blows accompanied by loud cries she immediately broke back. It turned out to be crucial and as the duel progressed, Williams started to play better and better and Pironkova looked more and more tired.