Daniil Medvedev of Russia, who is seeded five in this 2019 US Open will take on Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the semi-final of the competition to be played on Friday, September 6. The match is yet to be scheduled. You can find the Daniil Medvedev v Grigor Dimitrov live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Daniil Medvedev v Grigor Dimitrov Head to Head
The pair have met twice before, both matches taking place in 2017. Dimitrov won on grass at the Queen’s Club, but Medvedev returned the favour at the Washington Open two months later.
Medvedev, Will He Be Fit Enough to Face Dimitrov?
23-year-old Medvedev is in unchartered territory. Never having got beyond the fourth round of a Grand Slam event before, he now finds himself in the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows, and with the chance to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, previous Russian winners of major titles.
Yet there will be fears that injury could hamper his chances of making his own personal history. That is after he was on the verge of having to quit his quarter-final with the Swiss three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka, in the first set of their match, when he pulled a quadriceps in the first set. His thigh was heavily strapped, and he was given painkillers, but his movement was definitely impeded in the first part of the match.
Despite these restrictions, he claimed a two set lead, before Wawrinka hit back to take the third. However, with painkillers taking effect, he was able to move more freely in the fourth to close out the match.
Now he will be hoping that the extra day’s rest afforded him by playing on Tuesday night, as opposed to Wednesday, will be enough for him to be ready for one of the biggest matches of his career to date.
The New York crowd still don’t like him – booed after picking up a code violation in his previous match against Feliciano Lopez, he again got a hostile reception from some fans but, as long as he keeps winning, Medvedev will not care.
Dimitrov, Semi-Final Run Defies Expectations and Form
Dimitrov’s appearance in this Grand Slam semi-final, his third in all, is a major surprise.
Not that the 28 year old Bulgarian lacks talent – he has been ranked as high as three in the world, and has won eight senior career titles, including the 2017 ATP finals.
Yet, despite that, so poor has been his form since that triumph in London, that he has plummeted down the rankings, coming into this tournament as the world number 78.
There was little indication as to what was to come when he had to battle back from a set down to beat Andreas Seppi of Italy in the first round. And, although fortune favoured him when he was given a bye in the second round, when the number 12 seed, Borna Coric had to scratch, and then handed him relatively easy draws against Kamil Majchrzak of Poland and Alex de Minaur of Australia, it was widely expected that five-time winner Roger Federer would bring his run to a shuddering stop in their quarter-final.
However, defying expectations and recent history between the two men, Dimitrov fought back from a set, and then two sets to one, down, to level the match and force a decider. And with the Swiss needing a medical time-out to deal with a back injury at the start of the fifth set, Dimitrov took full advantage of an ailing opponent to seal his semi-final place.
Medvedev v Dimitrov Predictions & Tips
Medvedev is the clear favourite to win this match at 10/17 whilst Dimitrov is 8/5. Based on recent form and world rankings, Medvedev should beat the Bulgarian, although there must be doubts about how fit he will be. For his part, Dimitrov has nothing to lose and will give it everything. Whatever happens, it means one of the two men will participate in a Grand Slam final for the first time in their careers.
Tip: Medvedev to win in four sets: 14/5 (888Sport)