Only one win separates defending champion Carlos Alcaraz and third-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev from the US Open semi-finals. The top-seeded Spaniard gave Italian surprise man Matteo Arnaldi no chance on Monday with scores of 6:3, 6:3, 6:4. Medvedev needed four sets against Alex de Minaur (AUS-13). However, Alcaraz will face Olympic champion Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals, who defeated Jannik Sinner (ITA-6) in five sets after 4:41 hours.
The match between the German and South Tyrol was very dramatic, with Sinner suffering cramps in both legs in the third set and saving himself in the fifth. In the end, Zverev, who was sidelined for half a year last year due to an ankle injury, was able to survive with a score of 6:3, 3:6, 6:2, 4:6, 6:3.
During the match, Zverev also made sure that a spectator was ejected from the field: Zverev later said that the spectator sang “Deutschland über alles” in the fourth sentence. “He started singing Hitler’s anthem. That was exaggerated. As a German, I am not proud of this history and it is not good for me to do that,” Zverev said. “He was sitting in the front row, so a lot of people heard him. If I hadn’t responded, it would have been bad of me.”
Zverev went to the referee and pointed to the stands. Since abuse by the National Socialists, the first verse (“Deutschland, Deutschland über alles”) of the Deutschlandlied was banned. The referee identified the man in the basement of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the ensuing intermission and he had to leave the stands escorted by security guards. A US Tennis Association spokesman said the fan was removed from the court because of an “insulting comment” towards Zverev.
Zverev can now look forward to Wednesday’s duel with favorite Alcaraz. The Spaniard has been warned. “The record against Sascha is very close. We played great matches against each other,” the 20-year-old Spaniard said. Zverev has won three of the previous five meetings. Last May he had no chance against Alcaraz on clay in Madrid (1:6, 2:6). But Alcaraz won’t underestimate the hamburger. “He is playing really well,” Alcaraz said. “This year he has regained his top level again.”
Medvedev faces a close friend in the quarterfinals: Andrei Roblio is his daughter’s godfather. Medvedev said: “We have a great relationship. Having a friend like him is great, but on the field, we both want to win.” For Roblo, who defeated Britain’s Jack Draper in four sets, this will be a very important victory: the world number eight has reached the quarter-finals for the ninth time, and wants to finally reach the top four for the first time. time. Medvedev leads 5-2 in direct confrontations and will win the Dubai final 6-2, 6-2 in 2023.
In the women’s category, the third and fifth places in the world rankings were eliminated in the round of 16: Jessica Pegula lost to her American compatriot Madison Keys 1:6, 3:6, while Tunisian Ons Jabeur, last year’s runner-up, was forced to bow out. Even more surprising for the Chinese is Cheng Qinwen. After winning 6:2, 6:4, the 20-year-old reached the quarter-finals of a major tournament for the first time. At the US Open, she became the fourth Chinese woman to achieve this since the beginning of the professional era.
Zheng will now face the new top seed as of Monday: Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus beat Russian Daria Kasatkina 6:1, 6:3. Since she had a one-round lead over Iga Swiatek, who unexpectedly failed the day before, Sabalenka will sit on the “ The tennis throne for the first time in her career. “I didn’t want to be number one like that, I wanted to fight for it.” But there was supposed to be a final between Swiatek and Sabalenka at Flushing Meadows.
Joel Schwarzler walks out on a single
Keys, a former US Open finalist, will face the current Wimbledon champion in the quarter-finals. Czech Marketa Vondrousova lost her first set in the tournament to her compatriot Peyton Stearns 6:7 (3), 6:3, 6:2.
From the Austrian point of view, it was a disappointing day for the young optimist Joel Schwarzler. The 17-year-old from Vorarlberg reached the second round of the junior doubles, but as No. 13, fell to Pavel Marikov (AUS) 5:7, 6:7(7) in the first round. Schwarzler missed his goal of being in the top 10 among juniors after the US Open.
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