Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the 2020 US Open.
Day 10 will see the final four quarter-final contests take place in New York, with Serena Williams keeping her quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title alive by coming from behind to beat surprise package Tsvetana Pironkova in three sets.
Men’s third seed Daniil Medvedev cruised past fellow Russian Andrey Rublev in straight sets, while former women’s world no1 Victoria Azarenka is due to continue her impressive comeback against Elise Mertens.
The quarter-final action concludes with a meeting between Dominic Thiem and Alex de Minaur.
Stay tuned for this evening’s tennis action, plus full coverage of the matches overnight…
Azarenka’s route to the quarter-final
We turn our attention now to Victoria Azarenka, who is up next on Ashe against Elise Mertens.
Here’s how she got to the last eight…
- Round 1: Azarenka defeated Haas 6-1 6-2
- Round 2: Azarenka defeated Sabalenka 6-1 6-3
- Round 3: Azarenka defeated Swiatek 6-4 6-2
- Round 4: Azarenka defeated Muchova 5-7 6-1 6-4
Day 10 recap
Before we look ahead to the upcoming matches, let’s quickly go over what’s happened today at Flushing Meadows.
Serena Williams booked her spot in the semi-final with a hard-fought three-set win over 23rd seed Yulia Putintseva.
Daniil Medvedev also overcame the challenge of fellow Russian Andrey Rublev.
The women’s doubles final was also confirmed, with Nicole Melichar and Xu Yifan to face Laura Siegemund and Vera Zvonareva.
Still plenty to play yet tonight
We’ll keep you up to date with two key matches taking place overnight.
Victoria Azarenka will take on Elise Mertens for a place in the semi-final, while Dominic Thiem will face Alex de Minaur in yet another stunning tie.
Medvedev on the first-set tie-break
“It was 6-3, two of my serves,” he says “I was going for the second one because I knew that if I’m going to push the ball right now, he’s going to go for it and 6-4 is not 6-5.
“So on 6-5, I decided to not go for it and he went just a little bit out. I think it was a really tactical game today and I’m really happy to go through.”
Medvedev has been speaking to Amazon Prime Video
“It was tough in the end. That’s why maybe for the first time in almost a year I actually celebrated my win because it was very tough in the end and I felt like I could get in trouble, so I was really happy to get the win.
“One point decided two sets. Andrey was playing honestly unbelieveable.”
It’s a stunning win for Medvedev in the end!
Medvedev progresses to the semi-final and he’s now just one match away from a second successive US Open final.
He was defeated in a five-set epic by Rafael Nadal last year but looks certain to mount another serious challenge once more.
The third seed will play the winner of Alex de Minaur and Dominic Thiem next, having reached the semi-final without dropping a set.
GAME, SET, MATCH
Rublev 6-7 3-6 6-7 Medvedev
Rublev 6-7 3-6 6-6 (4-5*) Medvedev
Medvedev takes advantage of a slow Rublev serve to seal an important mini-break. He’s just two points from the match.
Rublev 6-7 3-6 6-6 (3-3*) Medvedev
Rublev wins both of his service points to move 3-2 ahead in the breaker. Medvedev makes it 3-3 at the change of ends with another huge serve, however.
Medvedev still doesn’t look 100 per cent comfortable, though. It will be an intriguing finish should Rublev win this tie-break.
Rublev 6-7 3-6 6-6 (1-2*) Medvedev
Medvedev finds the line with a terrific backhand winner to move 2-1 ahead.
Rublev 6-7 3-6 6-6 Medvedev
Right then, into another tie-break we go. Who will take it this time?
Rublev 6-7 3-6 6-5 Medvedev
Rublev serves back-to-back aces to see off another hold to love. Again, Medvedev calls for the physio at the change of ends, this time due to cramps in his legs.
Rublev 6-7 3-6 5-5 Medvedev
After an extensive shoulder rub from the physio, Medvedev returns with a stunning hold to love, consisting of two aces and two scintillating winners. Shoulder injury? What should injury?
Rublev 6-7 3-6 5-4 Medvedev
Rublev does well to stay ahead in the third set, edging to a slender lead once more. Worryingly for Medvedev, he’s called for the physio, explaining his shoulder is in pain each time he lifts his arm.
Perhaps this is the opportunity for Rublev to pounce.
Rublev 6-7 3-6 4-4 Medvedev
It’s the same old problem for Rublev once more. He has a half-chance at 15-30, which is quickly snuffed about by a colossal serve down the pipe that Rublev can’t return.
Medvedev then finishes off another routine game to level the third set at 4-4.
Rublev 6-7 3-6 4-3 Medvedev
The pair continue to exchange service holds with ease. But we’re heading into the business end of the thrid set now, and I wonder if Medvedev will find that extra gear once more.
Rublev 6-7 3-6 3-3 Medvedev
Medvedev serves yet another ace out wide to finish off a service hold to 15. It must be incredibly frustrating for Rublev, who simply cannot make any inroads on the Medvedev serve.
Rublev 6-7 3-6 3-2 Medvedev
That’s the best game Rublev has played in a while, hitting a curling forehand winner and an ace out wide on the way to a hold to 15.
Rublev 6-7 3-6 2-2 Medvedev
Again, it’s scintillating from Medvedev. He’s under pressure at 15-30 down, but comes up with a pin-point backhand to level at 30-30.
His ever-reliable backhand then comes up trumps once more, before he hits the baseline to seal the game.
Rublev 6-7 3-6 2-1 Medvedev
Medvedev perhaps lost a bit of focus in that game as he handed Rublev a comfortable hold with three rather loose shots. He can’t afford to switch off just yet; it’s not over until it’s over…
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Live stream details and how to watch on TV
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