Medvedev uses experience to overcome Auger-Aliassime at US Open, moves to final
Daniil Medvedev had no issues in reaching the US Open semi-final where Felix Auger-Aliassime awaited it. Many expected him not to have any issues against the Canadian as well as that is what ultimately happened. The match started off well for both as the Canadian avoided any early disaster by holding onto his serve. However, a few games in Medvedev sniffed his chance and took it. At 3-3, he broke Auger-Aliassime and cruised to a 6-4 1st set finish.
The Russian stood back far from the baseline waiting for Auger-Aliassime to attack him. That is what happened most of the time but Medvedev was ready for it. More often than not he would launch a counterattack when he felt he had the opportunity to do so. If he didn't Auger-Aliassime would bail him out with a cheap error. He had 13 of them in the first set and 15 of them in the 2nd set.
The tactics of Auger-Aliassime had a clear intention behind them but the Canadian did not execute them as clinically as he needed to. Early in the 2nd set, he took a 5-2 lead after a slight dip in focus by Medvedev but as soon as the Russian picked it back up the Canadian had no answer. A 5-2 lead turned into a 5-7 loss of set after poor play, poor decision making and numerous errors.
Auger-Aliassime never quite recovered from that and he quickly bowed out with 2-6 in the final set giving Medvedev a chance to compete for the US Open trophy. Medvedev blasted 37 winners to 25 errors while Auger-Aliassime had 17 winners and 39 unforced errors and ultimately that paints the perfect picture about this match.