Second-ranked Daniil Medvedev advanced to the US Open final by defeating Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 on Friday, putting the Russian into the Grand Slam path of history-chasing Novak Djokovic.
Medvedev, the 2019 US Open runner-up, reached his third Grand Slam final by eliminating 12th seed Auger-Aliassime.
Medvedev said: “I don’t think I played my best today but I’m really happy to be in the final.
“I knew I had to do everything at my best because at that point in the match I knew I could break him mentally and that’s what happened.
“If it’s (Djokovic), after the Australian Open, I’m going to try to leave my balls on the court to beat him.”
Medvedev, who lost to Djokovic in this year’s Australian Open final, trails Zverev 5-4 in their all-time rivalry and trails Djokovic 5-3.
Medvedev will play Sunday’s final at Arthur Ashe Stadium against the winner of a later semi-final between top-ranked Djokovic and Tokyo Olympic champion Alexander Zverev.