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Medvedev heads to US Open final after beating Dimitrov

New York, Sept. 6 (EFE).- Russia’s Daniil Medvedev cemented his place in his first Grand Slam final on Friday after beating Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, who succumbed in two hours and 40 minutes by 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-3 at the US Open.

Medvedev, 23, will face Spain’s world no. 2 Rafael Nadal, 33, after he beat world no. 25 Italian Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-1 in the other semifinal.

Both playing their first US Open semifinals, the pair put up a spirited performance at Flushing Meadows, with the exchange of long rallies interspersed with some nerve-racking shots that brought the spectators at Arthur Ashe Stadium to their feet.

Medvedev ended with 10 aces, 22 winners and 40 unforced errors, while Dimitrov had 39 winners, two aces, and 46 unforced errors.

Medvedev becomes the first Russian to reach a Grand Slam final in 14 years, after Marat Safin reached the final of the Australian Open in 2005, which he lost to local Lleyton Hewitt.

"Today I felt that he was closer to winning the first set, but I won it and that changed the momentum of the match," the Russian said in an on-court interview minutes after the end of the game.

During a difficult tournament, with cramping, a quad injury and clashes with the crowd, Medvedev said he did not think he would reach the final.

"It's crazy," he said. "I’m just happy to be in the final.”

Medvedev, who had been booed several times for his unsportsmanlike conduct on the court, said Friday that he likes to read what the media says about him "to see how I can be a better person on the court or off the court."

“Since the start of the US Open (the coverage) has been growing, growing, growing and I think the next two days I will just have to not read it actually, to get ready for the final,” he said. EFE

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