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Medvedev grinds out win over Dimitrov to reach US Open final

Saturday, 2019-09-07 07:11:37
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Sep 6, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia salutes the crowd after his match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria (not pictured) in a semifinal match on day twelve of the 2019 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)
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Daniil Medvedev will play for a first Grand Slam title after grinding out a 7-6(5) 6-4 6-3 win over Grigor Dimitrov in their US Open semi-final on Friday.

The win sends Medvedev through to his fourth straight final and stretches his win streak to 12 matches. The first Russian man to reach a Grand Slam final since Marat Safin at the 2005 Australian Open, Medvedev now awaits the winner of the other semi-final between three-time champion Rafa Nadal and surprise package Matteo Berrettini of Italy.

* Austria forward Marko Arnautovic scored twice as his side, helped by some dreadful defending, routed hapless Latvia 6-0 in their Euro 2020 Group G qualifier on Friday to revive their hopes of qualifying for the finals.

* Russia recovered from conceding an early goal to beat Scotland 2-1 away in their Euro 2020 Group I qualifier on Friday.

* World Cup runners-up Croatia stayed on course to qualify for Euro 2020 after a dominant display gave them a 4-0 Group E win in Slovakia while Wales kept alive their own hopes after a 2-1 home victory over Azerbaijan on Friday.

* Slovenian Primoz Roglic struck another blow in his bid to win the Vuelta a Espana by extending his overall lead by 33 seconds after finishing second on Friday's stage 13 on the tail of winner Tadej Pogacar. Roglic now leads Spaniard Alejandro Valverde by two minutes 25 seconds, while Slovenian Pogacar climbed into third place overall thanks to his stage win, trailing Roglic by three minutes and one second.

* Sheffield Wednesday have appointed Garry Monk as their new manager, the Championship (second-tier) club said on Friday. Monk, 40, will replace Steve Bruce, who left Sheffield Wednesday to take charge of Premier League Newcastle United at the start of the season.

* Netherlands scored four times in 32 second-half minutes to secure a remarkable 4-2 comeback victory against hosts Germany in their Euro 2020 Group C qualifier on Friday.

* Angola and Togo made encouraging starts in their bids to reach the 2022 World Cup finals with positive away results in the first legs of their first round ties that put them closer to a place in next year’s group qualifying phase. Angola defender Wilson Gaspar scored the winner in a 1-0 victory against Gambia while Togo drew 1-1 in the Comoros Islands, with the return legs to come on Tuesday.

* Scottish rookie Robert MacIntyre fired a bogey-free seven-under-par 65 to take a four-stroke advantage after the second round of the European Open in Hamburg on Friday. In a remarkable display of both driving and putting, MacIntyre carded seven birdies at Green Eagle Golf Course to move to 11-under overall heading into the weekend.

* Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah became the first Colombians to win the US Open men's doubles title on Friday, easing past Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos 6-4 7-5 to underscore their status as tennis's dominant partnership. Just weeks after becoming the first Colombians to win a Grand Slam doubles title with an epic five-set victory at Wimbledon, Cabal and Farah were celebrating again after handing the Spanish/Argentine duo their first ever defeat.

* Giro d'Italia winner Richard Carapaz will miss the Tour of Britain after failing to receive his visa in time. The 26-year-old Ecuadorian had been set to race alongside Movistar team mate Mikel Landa on his debut in the race which begins in Scotland on Saturday.

* Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu's dream run at the US Open continued on Thursday (Sep 5) as she powered past Belinda Bencic 7-6(3) 7-5 to set up a highly-anticipated final with Serena Williams on Saturday.

* The Tokyo metropolitan government said on Friday that it has collected 16,910 applications for runners to participate in the Tokyo leg of the 2020 Olympics torch relay, more than 100 times of the 165 runners to be publicly recruited. The 2020 Olympic Games torch relay will start in Fukushima Prefecture on March 26 next year.

Reuters, Xinhua