Quote of the Day: Carlos Alcaraz praises Daniil Medvedev’s rock-solid game – “He always finds the passing shot… from his house!”

It was unstoppable force versus immovable object on Friday night in Flushing Meadows, as defending champion Carlos Alcaraz ran up against a rock-solid Daniil Medvedev in the US Open semifinals.

In contrast to their previous two matches—both of which the Spaniard won in straight sets—Medvedev kept his opponent in check as he claimed an emphatic 7-6 (3), 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory to return to the final in Queens. The No. 3 seed takes on Novak Djokovic once again in a Grand Slam final—Djokovic is seeking his 23rd major title, and Medvedev his second

For Alcaraz, it’s back to the drawing board. As his ranking drops back down to world No. 2 on Monday, Alcaraz told press that he plans to spend time after the match “learning about it”—and maybe even making a few changes to his tactics going forward:

Q. Do you feel you might want to make a more ‘aceable’ serve in a match like this?

CARLOS ALCARAZ: Well, he’s one of the best returners on the tour. That obviously is amazing how he can return from the back of the court really deep and really powerful. He’s amazing.

And when I do serve and volley, he always finds the passing shot… from his house! (laughter) In some ways amazing.

Obviously I have to find the right serve every time, and I have to serve better to be able to stay in a good position after the serve. So I will do it in the next game.


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