A blockbuster clash between two of the tournaments in-form players. The winner will surely be the favourite to claim their maiden Grand Slam title on Sunday, whilst the loser will regret missing a golden opportunity to make history.

Medvedev is yet to drop a set at this year’s US Open, but he was pushed against his compatriot Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals.

Rublev took a 5-2 lead in the first set tie-breaker before self-destructing to hand his opponent the set. From then on it was fairly comfortable for Medvedev, despite being forced to take an injury timeout late in the 3rd set.

The world number five finished runner up in last years event and will have felt his efforts should have been rewarded after he recovered from being down two sets and a break to push Rafael Nadal all the way.

September 7, 2020 – Daniil Medvedev in action against Frances Tiafoe during a men’s singles match at the 2020 US Open. (Photo by Simon Bruty/USTA)

Thiem has had a similarly impressive route to the semi-final, dropping just the one set, with that being against the 2014 champion Marin Cilic in the third round.

The Austrian has already reached a Grand Slam final this year, losing in five sets to world number one Novak Djokovic at The Australian Open, despite leading two sets to one.

The pair have met on three previous occasions, but never at a Grand Slam.

Theim leads the head to head 2-1, although Medvedev won their last previous meeting on a hardcourt at the 2019 Rogers Cup.

September 3, 2020 – Dominic Thiem in action against Sumit Nagal during a men’s singles match at the 2020 US Open. (Photo by Simon Bruty/USTA)

Victory would give the winner an opportunity to become the first maiden Grand Slam champion in the men’s game since Cilic six years ago.

With the shock default of Djokovic, Nadal choosing not to travel to New York and Roger Federer injured, a much more favourable opponent in the final awaits the winner.

The pressure couldn’t be greater.


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