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Medvedev ends Alcaraz title defence

Published on September 9, 2023
Updated on September 12, 2023
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Medvedev ends Alcaraz title defence
  • Superb performance sees Medvedev into final
  • Djokovic despatches Shelton in straight sets
  • Sabalenka to face Gauff

In a riveting showdown at the US Open, Daniil Medvedev put an end to Carlos Alcaraz’s championship reign, securing a spot in the final against Novak Djokovic. The Spanish top seed fought valiantly but ultimately succumbed to Medvedev, who clinched the match with a scoreline of 7-6 (7-3), 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. This outcome ensures there won’t be a repeat of the Wimbledon final between Alcaraz and Djokovic this year at Flushing Meadows.

Djokovic, at 36 years old, demonstrated his formidable prowess by dispatching young American Ben Shelton with ease. The Serb’s commanding performance of 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) places him on the cusp of a historic 24th major title, a feat that would put him on par with Margaret Court’s illustrious record.

It was Alcaraz who thwarted Djokovic’s bid to equal Court’s record at the All England Club in July. Now, the Russian third seed, Medvedev, who previously claimed a major victory at Flushing Meadows two years ago, has the opportunity to do the same on Sunday.

In a tense finale, Medvedev regained his composure and served out the victory, seizing the match on his fourth match point. The captivating contest left the majority of the 24,000 spectators at Arthur Ashe Stadium on their feet, a testament to the extraordinary calibre of play.

Djokovic, who fell to Medvedev in the 2021 final and was unable to participate in last year’s tournament due to his unvaccinated status against Covid-19, has made a remarkable comeback. His 10th appearance in the US Open final presents him with the chance to claim a fourth triumph on Sunday.

In the women’s singles, Aryna Sabalenka and Coco Gauff will vie for their maiden US Open title in what promises to be a thrilling final showdown. The tournament has undoubtedly delivered its fair share of memorable matches and captivating moments.

Betting Implications

Djokovic is favourite to win the men’s title.At the time of writing SpreadEx have Djokovic, who arguably had a smoother ‘path to the final, at 2/5 with Medvedev 15/8.

Sabalenka is the  favourite to win the women’s singles title. At the time of writing, bet365 have her at 5/6 with Gauff at evens.

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Chris is a former athlete and a qualified PE teacher. He is a keen football fan, watching many matches at different levels throughout the season, and enjoys following many different sports. With betting and sports sites, he has a keen eye for detail and can to highlight positives and negatives for users. His experience in sport as a performer, teacher, writer and fan allows him to see things from many different perspectives.

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