Alex de Minaur’s US Open run has come to an end after he was bundled out by No. 3 seed Daniil Medvedev 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.
De Minaur started incredibly strongly in their fourth round clash, breaking the Russian twice in the first set.
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The Australian star’s net play was a key factor in his dominant start, winning all nine of his net points as Medvedev simply had no answer.
However, Medvedev used a cheeky tactic to help slow down De Minaur’s momentum by taking a lengthy bathroom break at the end of the first set.
It was an act that drew the ire of Nine commentator and Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge.
“This is a strange situation,” Woodbridge said.
“Why do you need to leave the court for this long? I think our sport really has to do somehing about this change-over rule.
“It’s such a crutch that everyone seems to go to when they’re down. It just shouldn’t be there. It’s just momentum changing in matches. It’s really gamesmanship that needs to be taken out.”
He went on to say: “It’s such an annoying part of our game. You’re not supposed to be doing this. And the umpire is letting him get away with it.”
The tactic seemingly worked in the second, as both were locked at 4-4 and refused to relent on their own serve although De Minaur had to stave off several early break points.
Yet Medvedev finally secured the elusive break in the ninth game of the set and comfortably held to take the second set 6-4.
The No. 3 seed then decimated De Minaur with two breaks of serve as he went on to take the third set 6-1.
It was a blistering spell of tennis from Medvedev as he won eight games to De Minaur’s won after the break of serve late in the second set.
The light of De Minaur’s US Open journey was quickly blown out in the fourth and final set as Medvedev won it 6-2 to progress into the quarter final for the fourth time in five years.
He will now take on countryman Andrey Rublev in the quarter final.