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Fifth seed Daniil Medvedev feared he wouldn’t be able to continue against Stan Wawrinka before reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final at the US Open.
Medvedev, 23, obtained painkillers and hammering on his thigh at the very first group of a 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 3-6 6-1 victory on the Swiss on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The Russian will confront Grigor Dimitrov or five-time winner Roger Federer for a spot in Sunday’s closing.
“For certain, I am hoping to be ready for the semis,” Medvedev said.
“Before the game I was feeling great. At the first place I believe I pulled quadriceps. I had a pain and believed I was not going to keep the game.
“At the fourth group, I started believing the painkiller and began moving better.”
Medvedev seized the early initiative by dividing Wawrinka at the game – but struggled after getting heavy strapping to his thigh during a timeout when.
After defending champion Novak Djokovic retired wounded from their match on Monday, three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka, who reached the final eight, capitalised to level at 5-5, only to shut out a first pair tie-break with three unanswered points.
With his movement improving, Medvedev broke serve in the fourth game to take the second set – since the seed raced to a 3-0 lead although the momentum dissipates once again in the third and saved two break-points to eventually serve the set out.
Nevertheless, the resilient Russian, booed in his triumph over German Dominik Koepfer after teasing the audience, rallied against the champion that was tiring 2016 and broke serve twice to seal his place at Flushing Meadows.
Following his 9,000 (#7,400) good to get a visible obscenity and unsportsmanlike behaviour in his third-round victory over Feliciano Lopez on Friday, Medvedev relished the boos that transpired once he arrived on courtroom and through his own post-match interview.
“So many men and women encourage me, so many people don’t like me personally,” he told the audience after his quarter-final triumph.
“I can only say, I try to be myself guys. I must say, sorry men, and thank you!”
Swiss Federer, looking for a record sixth men’s US Open singles title, is at the night session of Tuesday in action against Bulgarian Dimitrov.
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