Botic van de Zandschulp failed to reach the semifinals of the US Open. The Dutchman fought back great as so often in this tournament, but ultimately fell short against the Russian Daniil Medvedev. 6-3, 6-0, 4-6, 7-5.
Van de Zandschulp didn’t seem very nervous at first. In the rally he was often able to go along with the violence of the second-placed Russian, but the born Wageninger gave up a lot on his serve. He was broken in his very first save game, and the number of breaks would go up to three in the first set alone. That is a recipe for disaster against a world top player like Medvedev, and despite that of the Zandschulp also broke him once, the first set went to the Russian 6-3.
In the second set, van de Zandschulp sat in the front row at Medvedev’s masterclass. Ball after ball came back through the Russian’s racket. There was no getting through for the Dutchman, who really tried everything to slaughter the Russian wall. However, nothing worked and so a bagel (6-0) was the only logical result.
At the start of the third set, Van de Zandschulp seemed to be suffering from his left thigh, but he seemed to have lost that pain quickly. Our compatriot’s serve went a lot better and because of that he could suddenly put a lot more pressure on Medvedev. Van de Zandschulp broke the Russian in the fifth game and dragged into the set at 5-4 thanks to some fantastic points. It was Medvedev’s first set loss this tournament.
In the fourth set, the Dutchman continued the form of the third set. He continued to serve excellently, creating opportunities for himself and winning his serivce games fairly easily. Medvedev in turn served even better, and at 6-5, when the Dutchman produced a slightly lesser serve game, the Russian struck. The Wageninger’s adventure has come to an end, but he has gained many new fans.