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Day Eight at Flushing Meadows begins under the shadow of Novak Djokovic’s disqualification from the tournament after he hit a line judge with the ball.
The top seed swatted away a ball in a fit of frustration and hit a lineswoman in the throat. Lengthy discussions ended with the Serbian defaulted and ordered to pay back all prize money he had won thus far.
The top-ranked men’s competitor, Dominic Thiem, takes to the court on Monday in never better shape to win a Grand Slam.
But first, it is Serena Williams, who continues her quest to match Margaret Court’s Grand Slam record of wins.
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Medvedev has been so consistent on his backhand today but two unforced errors on the forehand suggests he has some work to do there.
At 30-30, Tiafoe has a golden chance to put the Russian under some pressure but misses an easy approach shot, and a relieved Medvedev holds to move closer to a two-set lead.
Azarenka 1-3 Muchova
The Czech is in charge in the first set after securing an early break and has just served out a love hold to extend her advantage.
Will Azarenka relinquish her record of not losing a set in the tournament?
This is swiftly becoming a masterclass from Medvedev and we should enjoy this show while we can, as he rockets a forehand winner off a wide Tiafoe serve. Nothing he could’ve done there.
Tiafoe doesn’t fold though and after watching Medvedev clang one against the net post, he gets his first hold in three, avoiding the bagel.
It almost seems unfair how hard Tiafoe is having to work to put himself in a winning position only to shank a volley or winner attempt wide.
It could not be more of a contrast for Medvedev, who lands an outstanding dropshot which just might be the best of the tournament.
Wow! What a way to clinch the love hold.
BREAK OF SERVE
It is quickly unravelling for Tiafoe and he faces a triple break point which isn’t helped by serving up a very slow 75mph second serve. But it does seem to deceive Medvedev if anything and he claws back two points, with the latter coming from a serve and volley.
Unfortunately, he plays into Medvedev’s hands by going too big on his backhand and screams in frustration as it goes long.
The no.3 seed is in complete control now with a double break.
After conceding the early break, Tiafoe does his best to level things up again and makes some inroads onto Medvedev’s serve.
But the Russian is too smart for the dropshot at the net and clinches it with a 110mph ace. That’s the break locked down. Ever so slightly, he is pulling away from his lower-ranked opponent.
The Belarusian seems to be in the best form of her career post-pregnancy and she is yet to drop a set in the tournament.
But coming up against 20th seed Karolina Muchova will be no easy task – and it should be a cracking match.
BREAK OF SERVE
A flawless game from Medvedev who shows just how hard he is to beat in a rally, edging a 22-shot exchange and then whips a stunning forehand pass to go two break points up.
Another long rally comes but Tiafoe can’t keep his intensity as high as the Russian and finds the net. A key break in this second set for Medvedev.
Tiafoe 4-6 Medvedev
Some superb serves from Medvedev put him in the driving seat but Tiafoe’s return at 30-0 – and then follow-up – is very easy on the eye.
The American then cuts through his backhand slice like a knife through butter and it drops just over the net, showing how he can hurt Medvedev when he comes to the net.
But Medvedev finds his way to set point and Tiafoe disappointingly directs his return off a high-bouncing second serve into the net. It was a battle, but he’s got the lead now.
That’s a brilliant game as far as Tiafoe is concerned. He serves well, makes Medvedev do a lot of running and pulls off an incredible no-look volley.
Medevdev must concentrate now. It’s still in his hands as he serves for the set.
BREAK OF SERVE
Well, this has not gone to plan for Medvedev whatsoever.
Facing two break points, he pulls out the wide serve and Tiafoe does well to stay in the point. The ball bounces high for Medvedev and he slaps it against the tape.
There’s one break-back for Tiafoe – and at a crucial time too.
GAME, SET, MATCH
He beats Berrettini 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
A marvellous display from the 10th seed who shows great character to rally from a set down and knock out Berrettini, a semi-finalist last year.
He is into the quarter-finals for the second time in his career, first achieving it at the US Open in 2017.
Rublev will face the winner of Tiafoe or Medvedev in the last eight.
BREAK OF SERVE
If it felt like Tiafoe was starting to crumble, he has quickly shrugged off any feelings of self-doubt, pulling out two massive serves at first.
And just like that, Medvedev has two break points. Tiafoe decides to stop playing safe and shanks a wonderful topspin forehand that clips the line.
But he can do nothing to stop Medvedev striking an absolute corker down the line to secure the double break. What a hit!
He’s now serving for the set.
Tiafoe makes Medvedev work hard with a lengthy baseline rally – exceeding 20 shots – and nearly lands a forehand pass to seal it.
For the first time tonight, Medvedev concedes more than a point on his serve but a sublime 114mph delivery out wide helps him stay in control and a quick improvised volley at the net clinches the hold.
Important to see players such as he and Naomi Osaka using their platform for the greater good.
Tiafoe doesn’t look comfortable on that backhand and Medvedev seems to have spotted it as he continues to find the tape and not the blue surface on the other side.
He’s quite handy at the net, though, slicing the volley into the corner and it’s too far out of Medvedev’s reach.
A rare unforced error on the backhand gives Tiafoe a bit of breathing room and he gets back on target with a comfortable hold.
The numbers are starting to rack up in Medvedev’s favour as he dominates another service game, despite failing to land his first serve on three occasions, with a love hold.
He cleans up with a gorgeous backhand that he almost caresses into the corner. He is looking at a very good level so far.
Berrettini 6-4 3-6 3-6 2-3 Rublev
There’s nothing much to choose between the two players in the fourth set and perhaps it’s heading for a first tiebreak.
We will we go the distance on Louis Armstrong? Or will Rublev see off the powerful Berrettini?
BREAK OF SERVE
Tiafoe has to take this approach of trying to leave Medvedev buried in the corners and approaching the net to finish it off. It’s the only way he’s going to win tonight.
If you’re going to try and out-rally Medvedev, it’s not going to happen. The American looks well prepared and sharp around the court.
But a few errors from 30-0 up just put him in a sticky spot with Medvedev already up a break point. He plays the patient approach but goes too long with his backhand and there is the break to undo his bright start.
Almost as if he knew the ace was coming before he hit it, Medvedev draws level with a routine service game, only dropping one point after a clever low-bouncing forehand from Tiafoe.
Order of Play (times in BST)
Arthur Ashe Stadium
17:00: (15) Maria Sakkari (Gre) v (3) Serena Williams (USA), (15) Felix Auger-Aliassime (Can) v (2) Dominic Thiem (Aut), Frances Tiafoe (USA) v (3) Daniil Medvedev (Rus), (16) Elise Mertens (Bel) v (2) Sofia Kenin (USA)
Louis Armstrong Stadium
16:00: Vasek Pospisil (Can) v (21) Alex De Minaur (Aus), Alize Cornet (Fra) v Tsvetana Pironkova (Bul), (6) Matteo Berrettini (Ita) v (10) Andrey Rublev (Rus), Victoria Azarenka (Blr) v (20) Karolina Muchova (Cze)
16:00: (1) Gabriela Dabrowski (Can) & Alison Riske (USA) v Asia Muhammad (USA) & Taylor Townsend (USA), Jamie Murray (Gbr) & Neal Skupski (Gbr) v Mate Pavic (Cro) & Bruno Soares (Bra), Jean-Julien Rojer (Ned) & Horia Tecau (Rom) v Rohan Bopanna (Ind) & Denis Shapovalov (Can), (3) Nicole Melichar (USA) & Yi Fan Xu (Chn) v Hayley Carter (USA) & Luisa Stefani (Bra)