Carlos Alcaraz vs Daniil Medvedev preview and head-to-head record as the world No. 1 aims to reach his second US Open final in a row

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Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev will go head-to-head for a place in the US Open final. 

The Spaniard will be looking to successfully retain his title following last year’s win. Alcaraz became the youngest world No. 1 in history following his win over Casper Ruud in three hours and 20 minutes. 

He defeated No. 12 ranked Alexander Zverev in the last eight to book his place in the semi-final against Medvedev.

As for Medvedev, the 27-year-old secured his place in the last four following a win over Andrey Rublev.

Mail Sport previews Carlos Alcaraz’s clash with Daniil Medvedev in the US Open men’s semi-final.

Carlos Alcaraz booked his place in the US Open semi-final following his win over Alexander Zverev

Carlos Alcaraz booked his place in the US Open semi-final following his win over Alexander Zverev

The Spaniard will face Russian star Daniil Medvedev for a place in the US Open men's final

The Spaniard will face Russian star Daniil Medvedev for a place in the US Open men’s final

Preview 

Defending champion Alcaraz has enjoyed a good run to the US Open semi-finals so far. 

The Spaniard defeated the likes of Dominik Koepfer, Lloyd Harris, Dan Evans and Matteo Arnaldi to reach the quarter-finals.

Alcaraz’s toughest test would come in the last eight stage when he faced No. 12 ranked Alexander Zverev.

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Zverev reached the US Open final in 2020. The German came into the clash with Alcaraz off the back of a five-set thriller against Jannik Sinner.

However, the match between Zverev and Sinner was marred by a racial slur made against the German No 12 seed. 

In the quarter-final showdown between Alcaraz and Zverev, the Spaniard was the first to face break points in the opening set, but would go on to save both of them for a hold to make it 4-3.

He then broke Zverev’s serve in the following game to go 5-3 up and then served out the set in comfortable fashion.

The 20-year-old was dominant in the second set, breaking his opponent’s serve twice to win it.

Alcaraz defeated Zverev in straight sets (6-3, 6-2, 6-4) in the US Open quarter-finals

Alcaraz defeated Zverev in straight sets (6-3, 6-2, 6-4) in the US Open quarter-finals

Medvedev booked his place in the semi-finals with a straight sets victory over Rublev

Medvedev booked his place in the semi-finals with a straight sets victory over Rublev

In the end, Alcaraz made light work of Zverev to book his spot in the US Open semi-final – winning in straight sets (6-3, 6-2, 6-4).

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As for the No. 3 seed, Medvedev defeated Attila Balazs, Christopher O’Connell, Sebastian Baez and Alex de Minaur before facing Andrey Rublev in the last eight.

Medvedev lost the opening three games of the match as Rublev flew out of the blocks. The world No. 8 won the first eight points and 14 out of the first 15. But Medvedev quickly grew into the match, winning the first two sets amid some punishing rallies inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Rublev led by a break in the third but was pegged back again, and in a 15-minute final game, Medvedev converted match point at the fifth attempt to wrap up the game in straight sets (6-4, 6-3, 6-4). 

Alcaraz will be looking to successfully retain his US Open title following his victory last year

Alcaraz will be looking to successfully retain his US Open title following his victory last year

Head-to-head

Alcaraz currently leads Medvedev 2-1 in the head-to-head so far.

The pair first faced each other back in 2021 at Wimbledon – Medvedev would go on to win 6-1, 6-1, 6-2.

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They would meet again two years later at the Indian Wells final, with Alcaraz going on to win 6-3, 6-2 in the final.

Their last meeting came at Wimbledon back in July. Alcaraz sealed a stunning 6-3 6-3 6-3 victory in the last four, which made him the youngest man to reach the final since fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in 2006. 

How to watch

Fans will be able to watch all of this year’s action will be shown live on Sky Sports.

All of the matches will also be streamed on Sky Go.

ESPN will also be showing live coverage of all of this year’s action for those watching in the States, while 9Gem will be broadcasting the US Open in Australia. 

Alcaraz and Medvedev last met at Wimbledon this year, with the Spaniard going on to win in straight sets

Alcaraz and Medvedev last met at Wimbledon this year, with the Spaniard going on to win in straight sets 

Odds

Carlos Alcaraz to win – 2/7

Daniil Medvedev to win – 11/4

All odds via Sky Bet and correct at the time of publication. 

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