Daniil Medvedev in the third round of the 2023 US Open
Daniil Medvedev inthe third round of the 2023 US Open | (Photo by COREY SIPKIN/AFP via Getty Images)

Tennis | US Open 2023 | Former champion Medvedev takes on De Minaur for quarter-final berth

By Tony Fairbairn

  • Daniil Medvedev [3] v Alex De Minaur [13]
  • Jessica Pegula [3] v Madison Keys [17]
  • Jannik Sinner [6] v Alexander Zverev [12]
NEW YORK, USA – Former champion Daniil Medvedev will look to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open when he takes on Alex De Minaur on day eight of the last Grand Slam of the season.


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Daniil Medvedev [3] v Alex De Minaur [13]  H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Daniil Medvedev [3] v Alex De Minaur [13] H2H: Medvedev leads 4-2
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Daniil Medvedev flew under the radar heading into the US Open with most of the attention focusing on Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic. However the former US Open champion is here to remind people that he should be mentioned in the debate as to who will win the title on Sunday. The third seed has cruised through the opening week, only dropping one set, and now looks for an even stronger second week as he looks to capture a second Grand Slam title.

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Medvedev’s first obstacle in the second week is Alex De Minaur who also loves the American hard court swing. The Australian came into the US Open in good form having reached the final in Los Cabos and Toronto, with the world number 13 continuing that form in the opening week. De Minaur has rapidly improved his serve and has become a real threat for most players on the tour as the Australian will now look to elevate his game and reach a second US Open quarter-final.

Medvedev will look to use his serve to create space on the court and consistently use depth to create suffocate De Minaur behind the baseline. Meanwhile De Minaur will look to use his serve to neutralise the third seed’s efficient return as he looks to be as aggressive as possible and not allow Medvedev time to pick his shots. This will be a tough test for Medvedev but one he should get through as his tactical quality has been much better than De Minaur’s throughout this tournament.

Prediction: Medvedev in four sets.


Jessica Pegula [3] v Madison Keys [17] H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Jessica Pegula [3] v Madison Keys [17] H2H: Pegula leads 1-0
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Jessica Pegula was given her first big test of the tournament when she went to a deciding set with a rejuvenated Elina Svitolina. However when all was said and done, Pegula’s resilience and overall quality was just too strong for the Ukrainian as the American’s quest for US Open glory continues. Now Pegula will look to hold her nerve when it matters the most as she will look to overcome her second week Grand Slam curse and prove her worth in a fairly open bottom half of the draw.

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However a former US Open finalist awaits in the form of Madison Keys who is capable of overpowering any opponent on her day, That proved to be the case in her last round when she was too strong for Liudmila Samsonova as Keys looks to make another deep Grand Slam run. Despite having a poor build-up to the US Open, Keys will hope that she can keep blitzing her way through the draw in what is a favourable set of conditions for the world number 17.

Pegula will look to be smart and serve consistently well as the American looks to use depth to extract unforced errors from Keys and create shorter balls for the world number three to be aggressive from. Meanwhile Keys will look to use her forehand to neutralise Pegula’s defensive qualities as she looks to control her aggression and prioritise consistency over all-out power. This will be an entertaining clash between two players who are confident right now but Pegula’s reliable consistency should win the day.

Prediction: Pegula in three sets.



Jannik Sinner [6] v Alexander Zverev [12]  H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Jannik Sinner [6] v Alexander Zverev [12] H2H: Zverev leads 3-1
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Jannik Sinner was given his first real test of the US Open as he defeated former champion Stan Wawrinka in four sets. The Italian has been in inspired form and is looking to back up his maiden Masters 1000 title in Toronto by challenging for the title in New York. The question is does Sinner have the consistency and the quality to get through the second week unscathed?

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That theory will be put to the test when he takes on Alexander Zverev who also came through a testing fourth round match when he defeated Grigor Dimitrov in four sets. The German has been in confident form recently and will fancy his chances of a deep run as he has shown that he can produce his best tennis in the biggest moments. Now Zverev will look to continue his consistency as he looks to become a dark horse for the title.

Sinner will look to finish points efficiently with his forehand as he looks to dominate on serve. Meanwhile Zverev will look to extend the rallies and test Sinner’s resolve in the biggest moments as he looks for consistent depth from the baseline. This will be a tight match with a lot at stake for both players but Sinner should raise his level when he needs to in order to win this match.

Prediction: Sinner in four sets.



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