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US Open: Daniil Medvedev triumphs over severe weather conditions, defeats Andrey Rublev in quarter-finals

Daniil Medvedev warns someone may "die" due to extreme conditions at the US Open, but still wins quarter-finals.

Daniil Medvedev emerged victorious in the US Open quarter-finals against Andrey Rublev, but his post-match comments raised concerns about the sweltering conditions that the players had to endure. With temperatures hovering around 33 degrees Celsius and high humidity, the conditions at Flushing Meadows were far from ideal. In a moment captured by the camera, Medvedev expressed his worry, stating, "One player is going to die and you are going to see."

Despite the challenging circumstances, Medvedev managed to defeat his fellow countryman in straight sets, with a score of 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. Reflecting on the match, Medvedev described the conditions as brutal, acknowledging that both players suffered. He even revealed that he struggled to see the ball towards the end of the first set. Despite these difficulties, Medvedev pushed through, relying on his instincts and determination to secure the win.

The extreme weather took a toll on Medvedev, as he had to take two medical breaks during the match and use inhalers to manage his condition. CNN's weather team reported temperatures reaching as high as 93 degrees Fahrenheit during the intense clash between the two Russians.

Medvedev's victory over Rublev propelled him to the US Open semi-finals for the fourth time. In his next match, he will face the current world number one and defending champion, Carlos Alcaraz. It will undoubtedly be another challenging battle for Medvedev as he aims to continue his impressive run in the tournament.

However, Medvedev was not the only player to experience the grueling effects of the extreme weather at Flushing Meadows. American tennis player Frances Tiafoe also struggled during his quarterfinal match against compatriot Ben Shelton. Tiafoe described the conditions as super hot, muggy, and humid, resulting in excessive sweating.

With humidity levels reportedly reaching 70 percent, the quarterfinal match between the two Americans was undoubtedly demanding. Unfortunately for Tiafoe, he suffered a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2 defeat at the hands of Shelton. This victory made 20-year-old Shelton the youngest-ever American tennis player to qualify for the US Open semi-finals since Michael Chang in 1992.

In the upcoming semi-finals, Shelton will face the formidable Novak Djokovic, a 23-time Grand Slam winner. Djokovic secured his place in the semis with a comfortable 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 victory against Taylor Fritz. This win marked Djokovic's record-breaking 47th Grand Slam semi-final appearance, further solidifying his status as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

As the US Open continues, the players will undoubtedly face more challenges, both on and off the court. The extreme weather conditions have proven to be a formidable opponent, testing the resilience and determination of these world-class athletes.

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