TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Daniil Medvedev (2) meets Botic van de Zandschulp in the Quarter-Finals on Tuesday September 7th, 2021.
World number two Daniil Medvedev continues in his quest to win a maiden Grand Slam title and will face a surprising opponent here in the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 US Open in Qualifier Botic vs de Zandschulp. No-one would have expected the Dutch player to reach this stage but he has played some great tennis here in New York. Can he continue his dream run and cause the shocking upset of the Russian superstar? Or will Medvedev win as expected, advancing to the Semi-Finals here at Flushing Meadows?
Daniil Medvedev is the second seed here at the 2021 US Open, and is currently ranked #2 on the ATP Tour. The big Russian is one of the major contenders for the title here in New York and has backed that up with a number of strong performances. He is into his third consecutive US Open Quarter-Final, and has reached this stage without dropping a set. He was dominant in his toughest test so far against Dan Evans, controlling the tempo of the match with his accurate groundstrokes, and not allowing Evans to get into a rhythm. One area that he will have to improve is his serving, as Evans had quite a few chances to break serve. However, he is the huge favorite here against Qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp and should have some time to work out the kinks in his game.
Botic van de Zandschulp is not a name that anyone would have predicted would be in the Quarter-Finals here at the 2021 US Open, but the Dutch Qualifier has been exceptional and fully deserves to be here. He has had a rough path to the Quarters and must be exhausted since all of his matches thus far were either 4 or 5 sets. The Dutchman had huge wins over top 10 players Casper Ruud and Diego Schwartzman in the Round of 16, defeating the Argentine star in five sets. He obviously is a fighter and has a strong serve but will be the massive underdog here against world number two Daniil Medvedev and will have to play the match of his life to make this competitive. However, his run to the Quarters will have shown him that nothing is impossible and he will fight to the very end here in New York.
This will be the first meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour and while Botic van de Zandschulp has been outstanding to reach his maiden Grand Slam Quarter-Final, this almost certainly will be the end of his run. Daniil Medvedev has perhaps been the best player in the world on hard courts this year, and has been in sublime form so far here at the 2021 US Open. He is seemingly on a bee-line path to the Final and is simply crushing anyone that comes in his way. van de Zandschulp will no doubt put up a fight but simply does not have the firepower needed to compete with the world number two and has no chance of winning here. Expect Daniil Medvedev to win yet again in straight sets, advancing to the Semi-Finals here at the 2021 US Open.
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