Thiem and Medvedev want to take advantage of Djokovic's loss

Clear victory for the Austrian and the Russian, top favorites after the Serbian's disqualification. De Miñaur reaches his first quarters, and Rublev overtook Berrettini.

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Dominic Thiem does not want to miss the opportunity he was given after the disqualification of Novak Djokovic at the current US Open. The Austrian, top seed alive in the tournament, appeared in the round of 16 with good feelings after avoiding a scare from Marin Cilic (who won this great in 2014) in his last match. His rival was Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, just 20 years old, who was achieving the best result of his short career in a Grand Slam. But that is where the Canadian adventure came, who was clearly surpassed by Thiem 7-6 (4), 6-1 and 6-1 in just two hours of play.

The first round was the most even of the match. When Thiem served to take it, Auger-Aliassime took advantage of his second break ball of the set to send it to a tie break, in which a single loss of service by the Canadian was lethal to his interests. From that moment on, Thiem grew and there was no room for surprises. He took advantage of 5 of 7 break balls between the second and third sets, struck quickly and in which he highlighted the number of unforced errors by Auger-Aliassime (50 in the entire match), which showed his nerves in one of the most important matches of his early career. Thiem is already in the quarterfinals for only the second time in seven appearances at the US Open, where in 2020 he has a golden opportunity to add his first Grand Slam.

For this, in the quarterfinals he will have to overcome another young man of great talent, Álex de Miñaur in this case, 21 years old. The Australian beat Vasek Pospisil, Roberto Bautista's executioner in the previous round. De Miñaur reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career after beating the Canadian in just over two hours by 7-6 (6), 6-3 and 6-2. Pospisil did not exploit his first serve (9 aces), and suffered too much with his second (32% of points won).

One of the most attractive matches of the day was the one between Matteo Berrettini, sixth seed, and Andrey Rublev, tenth seed. Both reached these eighth without having lost a single set. Finally, after almost three hours of play and a previous comeback, the Russian took the duel 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 and 6-3. Berrettini, a semifinalist in the tournament last year, struck the first blow, but Rublev knew how to react to win a match marked by equality. The keys to the game came as a result of the Italian's lack of concentration, a very passionate player, who yielded 44 points through unforced errors, and only took advantage of 1 of 8 break balls (Rublev won 4 of 9) .

Rublev's opponent in the quarterfinals, which he has reached in a Grand Slam for the second time in his life (the first was at the US Open 2017), will be his compatriot Daniil Medvedev. The also Russian easily beat American Frances Tiafoe 6-4, 6-1 and 6-0. Medvedev, a finalist of the tournament in its last edition, still does not lose a single set at this US Open, and he handcuffed Tiafoe from start to finish during the scarce hour and a half that the match lasted. One of the anecdotes of the match was when, in the first set, after a point fought with both in the net, the North American threw the ball against Medvedev's body, who responded with a balloon to win the point. At that moment, a desperate Tiafoe gave away a comb, surely aimed at the Russian. The rest of the match had little history, with just 7 winners and a break option from Frances. Medvedev is therefore already in a quarter-final for the second time in his career.



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