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US Open 2019: Daniil Medvedev beats Stan Wawrinka to reach semi-finals

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Fifth seed Daniil Medvedev feared he wouldn’t be able to last prior to reaching his first Grand Slam.
Medvedev, 23, obtained painkillers and hammering on his thigh from the first group of some 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 3-6 6-1 triumph over the Swiss on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The Russian will face five-time champion Roger Federer or even Grigor Dimitrov to get a spot in Sunday’s final.
“For sure, I hope to be ready for the semis,” Medvedev said.
“Before the game I was feeling great. In the first set I believe I pulled on my quadriceps. I had a pain and believed I wasn’t going to continue the game.
“In the fourth group, I started believing the painkiller and began moving better.”
Medvedev seized the early initiative – but struggled after getting strapping into his thigh during a timeout after.
After defending winner Novak Djokovic retired wounded from their match on Monday, three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka, who reached the final eight years, capitalised to level at 5-5, just for the Medvedev to shut out a first set tie-break with three unanswered points.
With his motion enhancing, Medvedev serve in the fourth game to take the set that is next – since the seed raced into a 3-0 lead though the momentum swung once more in the third and spared 2 break-points to serve the set out.
But the resilient Russian, booed in his win over German Dominik Koepfer after teasing the crowd, broke serve to seal his new place in Flushing Meadows and rallied against the tiring 2016 champion.
Following his $9,000 (#7,400) fine to get a visible obscenity and unsportsmanlike conduct in his third-round success over Feliciano Lopez on Friday, Medvedev relished the boos that transpired when he came on courtroom and through his post-match interview.
“So many individuals support me, so a lot of people don’t like me,” he told the crowd following his quarter-final win.
“I will only say, I try to be myself guys. I have to say, sorry men, and thank you!”
Fantastic Federer, seeking a record sixth men’s US Open singles title, is in Tuesday’s night session in action against Dimitrov.
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