Daniil Medvedev Looks Unstoppable at the 2022 US Open tennis tournament is in full swing at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, and the race is one to secure the lion’s share of the $60,102,000 prize money on offer. Reigning champion Daniil Medvedev is the clear favorite in the latest on US Open betting markets, with the world number one looking unstoppable right now. Only veteran Rafael Nadal seems able to get anywhere near Medvedev’s level, so if they avoid each other before the final, it could be back-to-back victories for Medvedev.
Medvedev stormed to an impressive victory at the 2021 US Open and was worthy of the $2,500,000 top prize. The bracket was kind to Medvedev throughout, but you can only beat what is put in front of you, and Medvedev did that with aplomb. Medvedev did not drop a set until he faced 117th-ranked Dutchman Botic van de Zandschlup in the quarter-finals. However, Medvedev won that game 63 60 46 75. That set up a semi-final clash with Canadian Felix Auger-Aliasslme, who the Russian star defeated in straight sets, setting up a clash with Novak Djokovic in the final. Medvedev played some scintillating tennis and ran out a 64 64 64 winner.
Medvedev Is Playing Incredible Tennis
The 26-year-old Russian superstar loves playing on the hard courts at the US Open. He reached the final in 2019, losing to Nadal, navigated his way to the semi-finals in 2020, where he lost to eventual champion Dominic Thiem and won it in 2021. Now Medvedev looks set to bulldoze his way to yet another major final and looks as unstoppable as ever.
Medvedev has showcased his incredible talent to the full during the first eight months of 2022. He kicked off the year with a semi-final appearance in the ATP Cup in Sydney before reaching the final of the Australian Open, where he lost to Nadal in a thrilling encounter. Medvedev went two sets up, only for the Spanish legend to mount an epic comeback and win the following three sets.
He lost to Nadal again a month later in the semi-finals of the ATP500 Acapulco event; the Spaniard is proving to be something of a nemesis for Medvedev. Medvedev reached another final in June, falling to a shock defeat at the hands of world number 205, Tim van Rijthoven, at the ATP250’s Hertogenbosch. Another finals defeat came a week later when he lost in straight sets to Hubert Hurkacz at ATP500 Halle. Still, he made amends by defeating up-and-coming British star Cameron Norrie, 75 60, in the finals of the ATP250 Los Cabos in Mexico.
After missing out on playing at Wimbledon after the tournament’s organizers banned Russian and Belarusian players from competing, Medvedev warmed up for the 2022 US Open at the ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati. Medvedev reached the semi-finals stage but lost in three sets to Greek world number seven Stefanos Tsitslpas.
US Open Title Defense
Medvedev has started his US Open title defense in style. He brushed aside Stefan Kozlov 62 64 60 in his first match before sending Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech home in the Men’s Singles 2nd Round with a relatively easy 62 75 63 victory.
He now faces China’s Yibing Wu in the third round, a match that should prove no issue for Medvedev. Twenty-two-year-old Wu is currently ranked 174th in the world. The game is a potential banana skin for Medvedev, but the up-and-coming Chinese player does not now have enough in his locker to worry the reigning champion. A fourth-round clash against the winner of the controversial Nick Kyrgios and J.J. Wolf awaits Medvedev when he defeats Wu. In August, Medvedev lost to Kyrgios in the Round of 32 at ATP Masters 1000 Canada.
It is difficult to see anyone other than Nadal causing Medvedev much pain on the court, and they are at different ends of the bracket. This means we could be looking at a back-to-back US Open champion for the first time since Roger Federer won five in a row between 2004-2008.