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US Open 2020 Men's Singles Preview: Dominic Thiem vs Medvedev, Alexander Zverev vs Carreno-Busta

US Open 2020 Men's Singles Preview: Dominic Thiem vs Medvedev, Alexander Zverev vs Carreno-Busta

US Open men's singles semi-finals will take place on Saturday morning.

A quick look at the U.S. Open:

LOOKAHEAD TO FRIDAY

For the first time in 16 years, the men’s semifinals at a Grand Slam tournament will be contested without any of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic participating. Instead, the matchups at Flushing Meadows on Friday will feature a quartet of 20-somethings all seeking a first major championship. No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria faces No. 3 Daniil Medvedev of Russia in one semifinal, and No. 5 Alexander Zverev of Germany meets No. 20 Pablo Carreo Busta of Spain in the other. Thiem has reached three Grand Slam finals, going 0-3, with each loss to Djokovic or Nadal. Medvedev was the runner-up to Nadal in a thrill-a-minute five-set final at last years U.S. Open. This is the second major semifinal appearance for both Zverev and Carreo Busta; both lost their first attempt to get to a Grand Slam title match. The eventual champion will be the first man born in the 1990s to grab a Grand Slam trophy: Zverev is 23, Medvedev is 24, Thiem turned 27 a week ago, and Carreo Busta is 29. “Every single one of us deserves this first major title. Everybody will give it all," Thiem said. “That’s whats on the mind."

FRIDAY’S FORECAST

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Cloudy. High of 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius).

THURSDAY’S WEATHER

Rain. High of 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius).

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

Women’s Singles Semifinals: Victoria Azarenka beat No. 3 Serena Williams 1-6, 6-3, 6-3; No. 4 Naomi Osaka beat No. 28 Jennifer Brady 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-3.

Men’s Doubles Final: Bruno Soares and Mate Pavic beat Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic 7-5, 6-3.

STAT OF THE DAY

7 Number of years since Azarenka last appeared in a Grand Slam final; she will face Osaka for the U.S. Open title on Saturday.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I did what I could today. I feel like other times I’ve been close and I could have done better. Today I felt like I gave a lot.” Williams after falling short again of a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title.

first published:September 11, 2020, 10:27 IST