‘One player is going to die’ – Daniil Medvedev’s US Open fury in win over Andrey Rublev
Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s coverage of today’s US Open men’s quarter-final clash between childhood friends and compatriots Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev.
The all-Russian showdown marks the third of the men’s quarter finals after Novak Djokovic outclassed Taylor Fritz to win in straights yesterday and 20-year-old Ben Shelton defeated fellow-American Frances Tiafoe.
Eighth seed Rublev overpowered Britain’s Jack Draper in four sets to reach this point, bringing the 21-year-old’s career-best run at a major to an end. Meanwhile, 2021 Flushing Meadows Champion Medvedev reached the last eight with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Australian Alex de Minaur.
The Muscovite behemoths have previously met seven times at the elite level, with No 3 seed Medvedev winning five matches including their latest encounter in the Dubai final this year.
Speaking ahead of today’s clash, Medvedev pointed out the pair are “really close friends”, adding: “We have a great relationship, even if on the court we’re big competitors…nothing is going to come between us to separate us in real life.
“To have a friend like this is great. But, again, on the court we both want to win.”
Rublev said the friendship had become like a family bond after he was asked to be the godfather to Medvedev’s daughter.
“We built our relationship because of tennis, but now it’s already bigger than tennis. We know each other, I don’t know, since we were maybe six or something,” Rublev said.
“He’s super honest, super relaxed. It’s easy to communicate with him. He’s very humble. At the same time, he’s really funny. When you spend time with him, you always have fun.”
Also on court today, Carlos Alcaraz continues the defence of his title later on as the Spaniard faces off against twelth seed Alexander Zverev at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Elsewhere, in the women’s draw, Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka faces the impressive Qinwen Zheng – who knocked out last year’s runner-up Ons Jabeur – in the opening match on Arthur Ashe Stadium scheduled for 5pm.
And last but not least, Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova meets American Madison Keys, the 2021 runner-up here at Flushing Meadows.