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Russia’s Medvedev advances to his first Grand Slam final

Medvedev, 23, defeated Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 7:6 (7:5), 6:4, 6:3

NEW YORK, September 7. /TASS/. Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev defeated Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in the US Open semifinal in New York on Friday night, advancing to his first-ever Grand Slam tournament final.

Medvedev, 23, defeated the 28-year-old Bulgarian athlete 7:6 (7:5), 6:4, 6:3.

Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpishchev described Medvedev’s victory as "grandmaster’s victory."

"The first set, which Medvedev managed to win, was crucial in this match. There were questions about his ability to psychologically resist the pressure of a semifinal - well, yes, he could do that," Tarpishchev said. "It was a grandmaster’s victory."

"It is important to have straight sets before the final. This will facilitate the recovery process," he added.

During the final, Medvedev, who is seeded fifth, will face Rafael Nadal of Spain, who defeated Matteo Berrettini of Italy 7:6 (8:6), 6:4, 6:1. The Spanish player, seeded second, has three US Open victories on his record - in 2010, 2013 and 2017.

The game will begin at 23:00 Moscow time on September 8.

The US Open has been held since 1881, it is the fourth and the final Grand Slam tournament of the tennis season. This year’s edition offers $57 million in prize money. Last year’s champion is Novak Djokovic of Serbia.