Novak Djokovic finds himself in acquainted territory 36 minutes into the last: down a set at the U.S. Open.
Medvedev took the first set, 6-4, with out dealing with a break level, holding onto a break he earned in the opening recreation of the match.
Djokovic has loads of room to return again in the best-of-five format, and he’s achieved it many instances right here: he has misplaced the first set in his final 5 matches in this event. Each of the earlier 4 instances, he got here again to win the second set and the match.
Medvedev has solely misplaced one set at the Open this 12 months, in the quarterfinals towards qualifier Botic Van de Zandschulp.
Medvedev was capable of play the first set on his phrases, hitting extra winners (13 to 10) and fewer unforced errors (7 to 10) than Djokovic. But Djokovic at the least appears in command of his personal after two shaky opening video games, and there was little or no separating the two for the previous 30 minutes.