Aryna Sabalenka has gone under the radar en route to reaching the last eight in New York. Since her opening round blip the Belarusian hasn’t lost a set on her way to beating Tamara Zidansek, Danielle Collins and Elise Mertens. Now the world number two is looking to reach back-to-back grand slam semi-finals.
Standing in Sabalenka’s way is Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova, who overcame a health scare to defeat Garbine Muguruza in straight sets to reach the US Open quarter-finals for the first time. The Czech has been on quite the hot streak this season and now looks to take the opportunity presented to her and win a second grand slam title this season.
Krejcikova will look to mix things up and disturb Sabalenka’s powerful no-nonsense hitting from the get-go. This is a tough match to predict but if the eighth seed is fully healthy then she looks like the woman to beat in New York.
Prediction: Krejcikova in three sets.
Daniil Medvedev  v Botic Van De Zandschulp [Q] H2H & Match Fundamentals
Daniil Medvedev has looked a man on a mission in New York having yet to lose more than four games in a set so far. Medvedev’s recent demolition job of Dan Evans was the latest example of how the Russian is the best place to topple Novak Djokovic in the Serb’s path to history. Now the world number two is looking to reach the last four at the US Open for the third consecutive year.
Standing in Medvedev’s way will be world number 117 Botic Van De Zandschulp. The Dutch qualifier has already knocked out two top 20 seeds in Casper Ruud and Diego Schwartzman but before this tournament hadn’t even won a main draw ATP match. Is this his time to cause a shocking grand slam result?
Van De Zandschulp’s five set battle with Diego Schwartzman could end up costing him in this match with the Russian with energy aplenty in this match. This should be another routine Medvedev victory in his surge for a first grand slam title.
Elina Svitolina is the form player on the WTA tour having just won the Chicago title, she is now proving a contender for the title after comfortably beating Simona Halep. Now the Ukrainian will set her sights on a third grand slam semi-final as she looks to break the grand slam curse.
Standing in Svitolina’s way will be confident 18 year-old Leylah Fernandez who has more than proven her worth after beating two multiple-time grand slam champions in Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber in back-to-back round. Now Fernandez is looking to bring her confident game style and cause a shocking run to US Open glory.
Fernandez has proven that she can already beat two counter-punching players and on Tuesday she will need to beat a third. This could go down to the wire but there’s no reason to suggest that isn’t Fernandez’s to lose.
Prediction: Fernandez in three sets.
Felix Auger-Aliassime  v Carlos Alcaraz H2H & Match Fundamentals
After failing to breakthrough in the big stages, Felix Auger-Aliassime has now made back-to-back quarter-finals at grand slams. His latest win over Frances Tiafoe proved he can back up big wins and is currently feeling confident with his serve and groundstrokes. More Canadian history awaits the 21 year-old on Tuesday.
Speaking of history that’s what Carlos Alcaraz is currently achieving with the 18 year-old beating Stefanos Tsitsipas and Peter Gojowczyk in back-to-back five set matches to reach the last eight. Alcaraz will now look to upset the status quo and ensure that his breakthrough is now and not for the future.
This will be a heavy-hitting contest and will test the Canadian’s ability to be patient in rallies, something that we’re yet to see at a sustained level just yet. The question is how much energy will Alcaraz have left in the tank?
Prediction: Auger-Aliassime in four sets.
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