January 25, 2021

Chic Thiem tames De Minaur to guide US Open semi-final spot – tennis

Second seed Dominic Thiem delivered a elegant efficiency to dismantle Australian Alex de Minaur 6-1 6-2 6-Four on Wednesday and canter into the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.

Thiem wanted slightly over two hours to file the win underneath the closed roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium regardless of being put underneath fixed strain by De Minaur, who’s nicknamed ‘Demon’ and identified for his never-say-die angle and speedy court docket protection.

De Minaur superior to the web at each alternative to disrupt Thiem’s baseline sport and whereas the plan labored initially the 27-year-old Austrian adjusted and began discovering winners previous his advancing opponent.

De Minaur’s serve was weak all evening and Thiem, who amassed 43 winners, transformed seven of his 13 breakpoint alternatives. De Minaur might take solely two of the seven probabilities he needed to break Thiem’s serve.

“I had an ideal feeling from the primary second on,” Thiem stated throughout his on-court interview. “My feeling was that the primary set, not till the second time I broke him, was actually intense. Very lengthy rallies.

“The second appears rather a lot simpler than what it was on the scoresheet. The third set I misplaced slightly little bit of the momentum and power and he got here again nice.”

Thiem, the best surviving seed at Flushing Meadows, had overwhelmed the Australian of their two earlier encounters and began their third assembly on a brisk observe, breaking De Minaur’s serve three consecutive instances to win the opening set.

De Minaur began on a extra optimistic observe within the second, profitable 11 straight factors on serve to steer 40-Zero within the fifth sport with the rating tied at 2-2.

Nonetheless, Thiem fought his manner again into the sport and broke the Australian to steer 3-2, then gained three straight video games to take the set.

The Austrian’s early lead within the third set evaporated as De Minaur rallied to degree issues however a second break of serve sealed the match for Thiem.

“The match was going a bit flat from each of us,” Thiem added. “It’s not straightforward in an empty stadium and it being so late. We each bought again the power … and there was a tremendous degree the place we each switched it on.

“However with two units in my again pocket it was slightly bit simpler for me.”

Thiem will meet Russian Daniil Medvedev for a spot in his fourth Grand Slam last. (Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; modifying by Christian Schmollinger/Peter Rutherford)