Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrates after winning his Men's Singles quarterfinal match against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland on day nine of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 03, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

NEW YORK, BALIPOST.com – Russia’s Daniil Medvedev shook off a leg injury to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final Tuesday at the US Open by defeating three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka while Roger Federer eyed his 46th Grand Slam semi-final berth.

Fifth seed Medvedev’s 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 triumph sent him into a Friday matchup against the later winner between Bulgaria’s 78th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov and 38-year-old Federer, owner of a record 20 Grand Slam titles.

“I feel really strange about this match but I’m really happy to be in my first semi-final,” Medvedev said.

Medvedev struggled with a sore left quadriceps muscle that made him consider quitting the match in the first set.

“Before the match I was feeling perfect. In the first set I think I pulled my quadriceps,” Medvedev said.

“I had a really big pain in my quadriceps and thought I wasn’t going to continue the match.”

Medvedev took a medical timeout and had the area taped and took a painkiller.

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“In the fourth set, I started feeling the painkiller and started moving better,” he said. “For sure I hope to be ready for the semis.”

Medvedev, at 23, becomes the youngest US Open semi-finalist since Novak Djokovic in 2010 and Russia’s first Slam semi-finalist since Mikhail Youzhny at the 2010 US Open.

Swiss third seed Federer, who has a record 45 Slam semi-final visits, hopes to become the oldest Slam semi-finalist since Jimmy Connors at age 39 at the 1991 US Open.

Wawrinka, foiled in a bid for his second US Open title in four seasons, said he did not think Medvedev would be holding the trophy on Sunday.

“He can, but I don’t think he will. I think it’s going to be really difficult,” Wawrinka said. “Because he looks to start to be tired, and he has to beat some more tougher player in the semi-final, Roger or Grigor, and then in the final. (AFP)

 

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