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Fifth seed Daniil Medvedev feared he wouldn’t be in a position to keep against Stan Wawrinka prior to reaching his first Grand Slam.
Medvedev, 23, acquired painkillers and hammering on his thigh from the very first pair of a 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 3-6 6-1 victory over the Swiss on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The Russian will confront five-time winner Roger Federer or even Grigor Dimitrov to get a place in Sunday’s closing.
“For sure, I hope to be prepared for the semis,” Medvedev said.
“Before the game I had been feeling flawless. At the first set I believe I pulled quadriceps. I had a pain and believed I wasn’t likely to continue the game.
“In the fourth set, I started feeling the painkiller and started moving ”
Medvedev, crowned Cincinnati Masters champion in August, seized the early initiative by breaking Wawrinka in the game – but struggled after receiving strapping during a timeout after 4-3 ahead.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka, who reached the last eight years after defending champion Novak Djokovic retired wounded from their game on Monday, capitalised for the Medvedev, only to level at 5-5 to close a first set tie-break with three unanswered points.
Together with his movement Medvedev serve in the fourth game to take the second group – as the 23rd seed raced to a 3-0 lead though the momentum dissipates in the third and spared 2 break-points to eventually serve out the group.
But the resilient Russian, after hammering the crowd booed in his fourth-round win over German Dominik Koepfer, rallied from the champion and broke serve twice to seal his new place in the final four at Flushing Meadows.
After his $9,000 (#7,400) fine to get an observable obscenity and unsportsmanlike behavior in his third-round success over Feliciano Lopez on Friday, Medvedev relished the boos that rang out when he arrived on court and during his post-match interview.
“So many people support me, so many don’t like me,” he told the audience after his quarter-final win.
“I could only say, I strive to be myself men. I must say, sorry guys, and thank you!”
Fantastic Federer is in action against Dimitrov in Tuesday’s night session.
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