The Latest: Thiem beats Medvedev to reach US Open final

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NEW YORK (AP)The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times EDT):

11 p.m.

Dominic Thiem has advanced to his first U.S. Open final, beating Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5).

The second-seeded Thiem will play Sunday against No. 5 seed Alexander Zverev, with the winner earning his first Grand Slam title.

Thiem has had three previous chances, losing back-to-back French Opens to Rafael Nadal in 2018 and 2019 and this year’s Australian Open to top-ranked Novak Djokovic.

He got another opportunity by overcoming a 5-2 deficit in the third set after he had been treated for a right Achilles tendon injury after the second set.

Medvedev, the runner-up to Nadal last year in Flushing Meadows, hadn’t dropped a set coming into the semifinals.

8:45 p.m.

Daniil Medvedev has gotten into it again with chair umpire Damien Dumusois at the U.S. Open.

The trouble started when Medvedev hit a serve that he believed was long while trailing 3-2 in the first set of his semifinal against Dominic Thiem. The ball was called in and Medvedev wanted to challenge the call, but Dumusois said he signaled for it too late.

Medvedev crossed the net to show where he thought the mark was, and Dumusois called the violation. Medvedev then pleaded his case – sarcastically – to Grand Slam supervisor Wayne McKewen, who informed Medvedev he wasn’t allowed to cross the net.

Responded Medvedev: ”Sorry, I think I killed someone, right? Sorry, I was so bad to cross the net. Sorry, my apologies, my sincere apologies to the U.S. Open for crossing the net. Oh my God.”

Dumusois gave Medvedev a code violation in a match last year after the Russian snatched a towel from a ballperson. The crowd booed Medvedev, who egged them on the rest of the match.

The point gave Thiem a 4-2 lead and he went on to take the first set.

8:05 p.m.

Daniil Medvedev is trying to take the last and what should be the toughest step toward a return to the U.S. Open final, facing No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem.

Medvedev lost to Rafael Nadal in last year’s final and has been cruising in his quest to get back to it. The third-seeded Russian hasn’t dropped a set in his five matches.

But Thiem is a much higher-quality opponent, a three-time Grand Slam finalist who is also seeking his first major title.

The winner faces No. 5 seed Alexander Zverev in Sunday’s final.

7:45 p.m.

Alexander Zverev rallied to reach his first Grand Slam final, beating Pablo Carreno Busta 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 at the U.S. Open.

The No. 5 seed completed his first career comeback from two sets down and the first in the U.S. Open semifinals since Novak Djokovic outlasted Roger Federer in 2011.

Zverev is trying to become Germany’s first Grand Slam champion since Boris Becker at the 1996 Australian Open. He will face either No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem or No. 3 Daniil Medvedev, the 2019 runner-up.

Carreno Busta, the No. 20 seed, lost in the U.S. Open semifinals for the second time in four years.

7:05 p.m.

Alexander Zverev and Pablo Carreno Busta are going to a fifth set in the first men’s semifinal at the U.S. Open.

The 20th-seeded Carreno Busta appeared on his way to winning in a rout, taking the first two sets 6-3, 6-2. But the fifth-seeded Zverev bounced back to take the next two 6-3, 6-4.

Both players are trying to reach their first Grand Slam final. Carreno Busta will have to win a third five-set match in this year’s tournament to do so.

He received medical treatment after the fourth set.

The semifinal between No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem and No. 3 Daniil Medvedev, the 2019 runner-up, will follow.

4:20 p.m.

Alexander Zverev and Pablo Carreno Busta are first up in the U.S. Open men’s semifinals, with the winner earning a spot in his first Grand Slam final.

Daniil Medvedev, the 2019 runner-up, and No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem meet in the second semifinal on Arthur Ashe Stadium, where ”9-11 We Remember” signs are on cloth covering the empty seats.

None of the four has won a major championship, but this year presented a great opportunity for young players. Neither Roger Federer nor defending champion Rafael Nadal is in New York, and top-ranked Novak Djokovic was disqualified from his fourth-round match against Carreno Busta for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball while walking to the sideline after dropping a game.

Zverev, the No. 5 seed, is in his second straight major semifinal after getting there at the Australian Open. Carreno Busta lost in this round at the 2017 U.S. Open.

1:40 p.m

Vera Zvonareva and Laura Siegemund won the U.S. Open women’s doubles title in their first tournament together, beating the third-seeded duo of Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar 6-4, 6-4.

Zvonareva, a Russian who turned 36 this week, added this title to the 2006 U.S. Open title she won with Nathalie Dechy. She also was the runner-up in singles at Flushing Meadows in 2010, falling to Kim Clijsters.

But she began playing less after giving birth to daughter Evelina in 2016.

Xu and Melichar finished second for the second straight tournament in New York. They were runners-up at the Western & Southern Open that’s usually played in Ohio.

12:30 p.m.

The men’s semifinal matches will be played after the women’s doubles championship is awarded at the U.S. Open.

Play began with the third-seeded team of Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar playing the unseeded duo of Vera Zvonareva and Laura Siegemund.

They were to be followed by Alexander Zverev against Pablo Carreno Busta, along with 2019 runner-up Daniil Medvedev facing No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem. None has won a Grand Slam title.

Comfortable weather returned after the women’s singles semifinals were played with the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof closed Thursday night because of rain.

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