Fifth seed Daniil Medvedev reached his maiden Grand Slam semi-final in the US Open in four different places following the Russian downed 2016 winner Stan Wawrinka.
Medvedev continued to revel in his role as the villain of the tournament by rapping Wawrinka on Arthur Ashe 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 3-6 6-1 on Tuesday.
The Russian, who caused a stir by sticking his middle finger up at the crowd in a’visible obscenity’ earlier in the competition, received a round of applause for his operation and he will now meet the winner of the game between five-time winner Roger Federer and also unseeded Grigor Dimitrov.
Medvedev had his left leg treated in the first set but played through the pain barrier to be the youngest semi-finalist in New York because Novak Djokovic in 2010.
The 23-year-old hit on 35 winners, 11 specialists and won four of eight break points since he wrapped up the win in 2 weeks and 34 minutes.
The 23-year-old’s goading of this audience within his on-court interviews has been a characteristic of the particular tournament, and he concluded his latest one by stating:”So many folks encourage me, so a lot of people don’t like me personally.
“I will only say, I strive to be myself men. I have to say, sorry men, and thank you!”
Medvedev earlier explained his injury problems.
He explained:”The match was really strange. I had big annoyance in my quadriceps and that I did not believe I could continue in the first set.
“I feel very strange about this game but I am happy to maintain my very first major semi-final.
“Before the game I was feeling great, and each of these tapes were for more protection.
“From the first game of this match I pulled my quadriceps. I needed a painkiller and by the group I was feeling normal.
“I will see how I feel in the morning and also try my very best to be fit for the semis.”
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