Medvedev’s 32nd and 33rd unforced errors helped Thiem push it down to 40–15. Medvedev badly overcooks a forehand at the end of a 20-stroke back-to-backhand rally to get to the break-down point, but he saves him when Thiem misses out on a volley. A moment later, Medvedev survived a catch in the game despite making five unforced errors in the forehand.
Thiem is on board after being quickly caught in love, but still trails by a break.
Third set: * Medvedev 2-6, 6-7, 2-0 Thiem
If it is returning, it is where it started. With Thiem serving for the game at 40–30, Medvedev pounded the backhand winner for Deuce. They then dumped Thiem on an 18-shot rally, a forehand passing winner down the line for a break point. And he converts it when Medvedev makes an unexpected backhand error from the starting baseline in the point.
Medvedev goes down to Love-30 in his serve after missing penalty rallies of 22 and 26 shows, but reacts with a backhand winner and his seventh ace for 30-all. Medvedev then muffs a volley for a break point, but saves it when Medvedev misses a backhand from the baseline for Deuce. After a few more deuce points, Medvedev stretched out wide, catching the Aces at a distance of 124 meters. Whatever was troubling Thiem before the change, it seems unlikely that he will bring her back there.
Medvedev will need to make a little history if he wants to return to the finals: he is the winner of six career matches in five sets and has never won by two sets.
Thiem wins the second set, 7-6 (7)!
Thiem wins the starting point of his serve, then Medvedev equates his opponent in a 33-ball rally for 1-all. Medvedev then goes down a minibreek with an unexpected error in an exchange, but Thiem returns the minibreek with some points later for a 3–2. The two men maintained their next six service points until Thiem was set 5-6 on the face. He puts it on with a 117 mph long serve that Medvedev cannot return to the game, then Medvedev wins the next point on an unexpected error. It now faces a set point at Medvedev 6-7. He saves it with an unmistakable serve of 123mph, but Thiem gives a very bad drop shot to the next point for the crucial minibreek. Serving at 8-7 for the set, with Thiem Floxox Medvedev inside-out forehand / forehand down line combo to the point and steak commanding to-set-to-no-lead!
A spot of trouble for Medvedev, who drops Love-15 after making an unexpected forehand error from the baseline. He only cuts three quick points for Thiem, pushing it to a pair of deuce points, but he survives the catch and we are headed to the second set tiebreak.
Thiem double-faults at 30-all for the break point, but erases it with 120 meters of serve that Medvedev cannot get back on the court. An unexpected error from the backhand gives Medvedev a second break chance, but Thiem saves that one as well, with another big serve. When Medvedev swims a backhand into the net, he survives a third, then a massive forehand in the fourth and fifth, in which Medvedev cannot return. The last Thiem has 10 minutes and 18 points after a dramatic game. Medvedev would force a second set tiebreaker.
Second set: Medvedev 2-6, 5-5 Theme *
well well Well. Medvedev is going down from Love-30 and 15-40 in the blink of an eye during the service of the set as Thiam rats drop electricity from the ground. Two breakpoints for Thiem, the first by Medvedev, 2–5 in the opener. Medvedev saves the first of them, but makes an unexpected error from the forehand at the start of the rally on the other side for the break and we return to serve in the second.
Thiem holds on to Love-30 and Medvedev will work to level the match on a set-up after the change.
Medvedev rests, placing his fifth ace of the night in the crack along the path. Thiem will serve to remain in the second set.
There is another catch for Thiem, who is cruising through his service game with one major exception at the start of the second set.
Thiem is definitely back on his serve with another love catch, but he will need to make headway after Lulladev’s serve to open the set. Meanwhile, Zverev is kicking back in his suite, landing These tweets As his sushi delivery arrives.
An uneven catch for Medvedev finds 3–1 in the second. He has made twice as many unexpected errors (16) as the winners on the night (eight), but has cleared things up considerably in this set with five winners and six miscues.
Thiem powers the ship with a straight grip to get on board in the second set.
Medvedev opens for a love grip along the Middle N route with a 124mph. Another very scary game for Thiem, who seems to have gone on a walkout since the break. There are already several unexpected errors for the Austrian through two games (four) as the entire set.
Second set: * Medvedev 2-6, 1-0 Thiem
A very poor serve game for Thiem to open the second set, practically handing Medvedev a break on a silver plate with three unexpected errors, including his first double fault.
Thiem wins first set, 6-2!
Medvedev quickly drops Love-40 and triple set point. It is far from it in a hurry. He widens a 120mph ace for the first save, but after 35 minutes makes his 12th unexpected error of the night at the next point (against seven winners) to give Thiem the opener. This is the first set Medvedev has dropped in the tournament so far.
Thiem cruises for another easy catch. He has won 11 of the last 12 points on his racket and holds up to 12 of the 12 first-serve points won for the match. Medvedev to remain in the opener.
First set: Medvedev 2-4 Theme *
A grueling 30-shot exchange breaks out on the opening shot, with the thrum backing to crack the winner. Medvedev performs an impromptu serve, followed by a 125-meter serve winner in the middle, then double-faults for 30-all. Thiem then won the next point for his second look at the break point in the second game, but Medvedev saves it with another superb serve for Deuce. At this point Medvedev gets a warning to cross the trap at one point after not being allowed to challenge late. He drips with sarcasm after his appeal for the chair is reprimanded by the umpire and observer: “My sincere apologies to the US Open for crossing the net.” From there Thiem gets the best of a 20-stroke rally and breaks Medvedev when he misses on the volley.
Thiem remains in love, hitting an overhand winner over the net on the first point then doing three big acts Thugt Medvedev cannot return to the game. He won seven straight points in his serve and scored all nine points of his first serve won on the night.
The first pressure of the match is on points as Medvedev. He makes it back to 30-all, but Thiem then returns in the 30-40 mark and his first break-point chance of the night. Medvedev reacts well, ripping off three quick signs capped by a sharp ace down the middle to escape with the catch.
Medvedev makes a wide crack at 120 mph for the 40–15, then pushes to push it after his first double fault of the evening and an unexpected forehand error from the baseline. But he takes a comfortable hold from there, closing the hold in his opening service game with the forehand volley winner over the net.
Thiem is involved in the opening service game of a cage featuring rallies of 13, 12, 13 and 17 strokes … and an unrecoverable three mistakes by Medvedev.
The 27-year-old Dominic Thiem became the first Austrian semifinalist in US Open history after a near-miss in 2018 when he lost a fifth set tiebreak to Nadal in the quarter-finals. The last Austrian player to knock on the door was the legendary Thomas Muster, who reached the quarters of the US Open in 1993, 1994 and 1996.