Match Recap from Announcer Andy Taylor, Voice of the US Open
Daniil Medvedev returns to the US Open Semifinals
Advice — When tasked with the World #5 and 2019 Finalist Daniil Medvedev: Don’t blink. Ever. Sincerely. Russia’s top-talent is exquisite at exploiting the slightest mental lapse. Ask Andrey Rublev. Up 5-1 in today’s first set tiebreak, Rublev was poised to take the early lead. Didn’t happen. Like a machine, Medvedev saved 3 set-points and flipped the table. From 3-6 down, he won five straight — and gave Rublev a meltdown.
That was the match. Mentally, Rublev couldn’t shake the missed the opportunity. While he played well the rest of the way, he was more of a wall than a cannon. Medvedev took all the risks and executed brilliantly.
The only concern moving forward is the right shoulder. Medvedev took a medical timeout following set-3’s fourth changeover.
With the win, Medvedev is through to the US Open Final-4 for the second straight year. Without fans, there have been few distractions (aside from today’s technical glitch with the video walls at the tail end of set-1). At the same time, it’s important to note — last year, Daniil fed off of fan-energy, specifically the overwhelming disdain. He embraced the villain role. Some wondered if the quiet would negatively impact his overall motivation.
After 5 straight-set victories in 10-days, the answer is a resounding nope. He’s focused, fully motivated from within, and poised to capture his first career Grand Slam title on Sunday.
Head to Head: Third Tour-level meeting between these two players
 Daniil Medvedev -05- (RUS) | Quarterfinal Announcer Introduction
Last year, he made his Grand Slam championship match debut right here in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Today, he’s back in the Quarterfinals after winning his first four matches without dropping a set. From Russia – 2019 US Open Finalist Daniil Medvedev.
- QF — W |  Andrey Rublev -14- (RUS) | Score: 7-6(6), 6-3, 7-6(5)
- R4 — W | Frances Tiafoe -82- (USA) | Score: 6-4, 6-1, 6-0 | RECAP
- R3 — W | J.J. Wolf -138- (USA) | Score: 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 | RECAP
- R2 — W | Christopher O’Connell -116- (AUS) | Score: 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
- R1 — W | Federico Delbonis -79- (ARG) | Score: 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 | RECAP
 Andrey Rublev -14- (RUS) | Quarterfinal Announcer Introduction
In January, he won back-to-back titles in Doha and Adelaide. On Monday, he earned his 6th career top-10 victory – defeating Matteo Berrettini to reach his 2nd US Open Quarterfinal. From Russia, Andrey Rublev.
- QF — L |  Daniil Medvedev -05- (RUS) | Score: 6-7(6), 3-6, 6-7(5)
- R4 — W |  Matteo Berrettini -08- (ITA) | Score: 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
- R3 — W | Salvatore Caruso -100- (ITA) | Score: 6-0, 6-4, 6-0
- R2 — W | Gregoire Barrere -93- (FRA) | Score: 6-2, 6-4, 7-6(4)
- R1 — W | Jeremy Chardy -60- (FRA) | Score: 6-4, 6-4, 6-3
A New Reality | 2020 US Open Tennis Championships
In late February and early March, announcer Andy Taylor compèred two of the final professional tennis events before the global coronavirus pandemic put the skids on the 2020 season. In Doha, he hosted Aryna Sabalenka’s relentless run to the Qatar Total Open title. Then in Honolulu, he emceed Team USA’s Davis Cup Qualifier victory over Uzbekistan. Including Bob and Mike Bryan’s final professional match.
As U.S. coronavirus cases continued to mount, the day following Team USA’s 4-0 victory, all professional sports came to a grinding halt. Over the next five months, as Americans stayed home and “socially distanced,” nearly 6-million contracted the illness. Tragically, over 180-thousand perished. Worldwide, COVID-19 killed over 840-thousand and sickened 25-million (at the time of this writing).
New York hosts the resumption of the 2020 tennis season
Early on, New York City was the epicenter of COVID’s outbreak. The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center became prime real estate for New York’s coordinated pandemic response. Additionally, the state used Louis Armstrong Stadium as a warehouse to pack meals for patients, front-line workers and students dependent on the city’s school lunch program.
In late July, after New York “flattened the curve,” Governor Cuomo green-lighted the USTA’s plans to resume the 2020 tennis season in Flushing. Without fans. Without qualifying. Rather, the Western & Southern Open moved from Cincinnati to the grounds of the US Open. Furthermore, the USTA implemented strict COVID-19 testing policies. It limited the number in each player’s entourage. Additionally, it created a protective “Bubble” for all tournament participants at nearby hotels and on-site.
Announcer Andy Taylor | 19th US Open Tennis Championships
After a five month pause, with the coronavirus “politicized” and still spreading unchecked through portions of the population, Andy was hesitant when asked to be a part of the sport’s return. However, after carefully considering the USTA’s extensive health and safety protocols, he soon realized the US Open could in fact be one of the safest environments to avoid COVID’s spread.
Masks are mandatory. For crew, testing occurs every fourth day. To ensure best broadcast quality, the USTA understood that Arthur Ashe Stadium’s announcer would need to work without a mask. Therefore, they isolated Andy in his own booth. Thus, keeping production team members free from aerosols emitted during player introductions.
Rather than fly, Andy drove to Flushing. He uses his own vehicle to shuttle back and forth from the hotel to the venue, which limits his exposure to others. Additionally, this allowed Andy to bring his own hot plate and coffee machine, completely eliminating the need for others to bring him meals and supplies. Essentially, the Voice of the US Open is working from a bubble within “The Bubble.” Responsibly limiting contact with colleagues and players as much as humanly possible.
A new Grand Slam Global Pandemic Presentation
With the global emphasis on social distancing to avoid further outbreaks of COVID-19, the world of sport production is reinventing “the show” by harnessing new technologies that have emerged over the past decade. As always, the core goal is to meet fans where they are.
In other words, with fans exclusively watching on television – or on-the-go through mobile devices – the 2020 US Open “stadium show” is now geared toward the camera, rather than the ticket holder. This year, Andy and the stadium production team are working closely with ESPN to integrate the broadcast and stadium presentations. Instead of narrating player introductions exclusively for fans on site, intros and all aspects of the stadium show are now part of the broadcast product streamed to fans worldwide.
The true creator is necessity, who is the mother of our invention.
Jowett | English translation of Plato’s “Republic”
Live sport presentation is a brave new world. Through perseverance and bold experimentation, the US Open continues to innovate; determined to feed each tennis fan’s hunger after five months of the world’s new and humbling collective-reality.