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Greg Rusedski predicts who will join Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the US Open


Rusedski predicted his US Open semi-finalists (Picture: Getty)

Greg Rusedski has cast his eye over the remaining players in the US Open men’s singles draw and predicted his semi-finalists.

Rusedski, the former British No. 1, is not predicting a shock exit for top seed Novak Djokovic – the overwhelming favourite to win the tournament – and is backing Alexander Zverev, the German fifth seed, to join him after Stefanos Tsitsipas crashed out to Borna Coric.

Daniil Medvedev, last year’s runner-up, is the man Rusedski expects to be lining up across the net from Djokovic in the final and he is torn between three names for the final spot.

Felix Auger-Aliassime, Andy Murray’s second-round conqueror, thrashed Corentin Moutet in the third round on Saturday and will face either Dominic Thiem or Marin Cilic in the last-16. The winner of that tie, Rusedski believes, will make it to the semis.

‘On the men’s draw it’s pretty easy, you’ve got to think Novak Djokovic,’ said Rusedski while commentating on Amazon Prime. ‘He has been absolutely sublime.

‘So I’m definitely putting him into the semi-finals and then probably Sascha Zverev.

Djokovic is the overwhelming favourite (Picture: Getty Images)

‘With Tsitsipas going out, I kind of feel his section is opening up to make his first semi-finals here at the US Open. That was a painful loss for him having had six match points, Tsitsipas.

‘On the other side, Berrettini-Rublev is going to be interesting but I’m going with Daniil Medvedev to be in the semi-finals and all the way to the finals.

‘In the bottom half, this man in our picture [Felix Auger-Aliassime] against Thiem or Cilic will be very interesting. I think the winner of that match will go into the semis.’



US Open men’s last-16 ties

Djokovic vs Carreno Busta
Shapovalov vs Goffin
Coric vs Thompson
Davidovich Fokina vs Zverev
Berrettini vs Rublev
Tiafoe vs Medvedev
Pospisil vs De Minaur
Auger-Aliassime vs Thiem/Cilic

There’s a young feel to many of those who have already made it to the last-16.

Medvedev, Coric, Zverev, Auger-Aliassime, Alex De Minaur, Andrey Rublev, Frances Tiafoe, Matteo Berrettini, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Denis Shapovalov are all aged 24 or younger.

But still, the oldest man left in the draw, Djokovic, remains the man to beat.

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