Félix Auger-Aliassime was unable to repeat the feat of his compatriot Leylah Fernandez, losing in three sets of 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 at the hands of Russian Daniil Medvedev in the semi-final of the men’s singles of US Open Friday afternoon at Arthur-Ashe Stadium.
Second player in the world, Medvedev largely dictated the pace of the match against the Quebecer, 15 player in the world, who hoped to reach the final of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his young career.
Auger-Aliassime’s only moment of hope came midway through the second set, when he registered his only breakage of the game, to give himself a 4-2 lead. Three games later, Medvedev recovered this break before getting another one, in the 11th game.
Medvedev added two breakages in the third set, which he won in 32 minutes. He ended the duel with a smash that Auger-Aliassime could not return inside the limits of the field, after two hours and three minutes of action.
Medvedev was particularly dominant in his service. He had 12 aces, against just four double faults, and won 81 percent of the points after letting his first ball in play.
He also had five breakages in as many attempts.
In return, Auger-Aliassime only managed four aces and committed ten double faults. He had three breakage balls and converted only one.
On Sunday, Medvedev will take part in his third Grand Slam final. Still in search of a first title at one of these tournaments, Medvedev will face the winner of the match which will take place tonight between the Serbian Novak Djokovic, world number one, and the German Alexander Zverev.