The moment of truth has arrived in New York. This Friday the men’s semifinals will be played, with a total presence of Europeans and different attractions. In the first place, Alexander Zverev will face Pablo Carreño Busta, both looking for his first Grand Slam final, and then the great clash between Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev will arrive, who already disputed some definition of Major but could not shout champion.
The youngest and best of the Zverev brothers (No. 7 in the world) had been suffering karma in the great championships of the professional circuit and only in January 2020 was he able to get into a semi-final, at the Australian Open. The Hamburg player fell in that instance to Thiem, who could now be his opponent in Sunday’s final in New York, also on hard court.
But for that, it is clear. What is certain is that there will be, for the eleventh year in a row, European champion at the US Open. Zverev will meet Carreño (27th ATP) in the afternoon in New York. The German won the only crossing to the Spanish, also in semi and on concrete, in the 2018 Miami Masters 1000, in two sets.
Whoever wins will then get their first final in one of the four Grand Slams. And he will wait a few hours to meet his rival, from the clash that for many is already considered the anticipated final, between Thiem, N ° 3 in the ranking and top seed, and Medvedev (5 °).
In these three years, Thiem played a Major final in each one and lost them all: against the Spanish Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros 2018 and 2019 and with the Serbian Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open 2020. Without a doubt, he crossed paths with the who today dominate the ATP rankings and won, together with the Swiss Roger Federer, the 13 most recent Grand Slam.
This streak is now cut at the US Open and Medvedev, for his part, played a decisive duel in the Majors, a year ago in this same tournament, when he fell in five sets against Nadal. In the same way, giving a hard battle, Thiem was surpassed in the last personal, this year in January against Djokovic in Melbourne.
The history between the two is led 2-1 by the Austrian, but the Russian prevailed in the last game. On hard courts they are evenly matched with one win per side. One in favor of the Russian: he is the only one of the four survivors in this tournament who has not yet lost a single set in his five-win run. Therefore, there will be two interesting clashes with a lot at stake.