Nadal easily into US Open semifinal; can Federer join him?

Nadal easily into US Open semifinal; can Federer join him?

While seeing No. 9-seed Venus Williams reach the quarterfinals didn't come as much of a surprise, the group also includes No. 15 Madison Keys, No. 20 Coco Vandeweghe and unseeded Sloane Stephens. It's a good thing, too, because he's facing a 19-year-old Russian player who is playing as if he has nothing to lose.

"Oh my God", Del Potro told the crowd after the match on the court. "I didn't give up.I was ready to win the match from that moment".

Rublev, bidding to be the youngest man in 17 years to reach the semi-finals, had no complaints over his loss.

Federer and Rafael Nadal both marched into the last eight with straight-set victories to edge tantalisingly closer to a long-awaited first-time showdown under New York's bright lights.

Now the Swiss third seed has set his sights on trying to change the result from 2009, which ended his five-year winning run in NY. He was 2-5 down in the final set before coming back to win.

Staving off illness in the second set and a pair of match points in the fourth, he pulled off a 1-6, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 rally against Dominic Thiem, splaying his arms wide and thrusting his head back as he soaked in the roar of the packed Grandstand crowd and looked to the heavens.

Del Potro has gone through plenty of health problems since then, including three operations on his left wrist that forced him to miss two years' worth of Grand Slam tournaments until Wimbledon in 2016.

It has been a throwback season from the start: Federer beat Nadal in a five-set classic to win the Australian Open in January. He had started the year at No 38 in the world and entered the US Open ranked No 28, with a run to the quarter-finals at the Rome Masters the high point.

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"I think it was one of my best matches this year", said Pliskova.

But he tweaked his back at a tournament last month, curtailing his preparation for the U.S. Open, and he was not quite at his best for stretches.

The U.S. Open runner-up past year, Pliskova advanced to face either No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe or unseeded Lucie Safarova. That's what I did in the end, just kept fighting. "I didn't choose to be at this position where I am now".

The Swiss has also served the most aces in 18 of their 21 meetings, including all of their last nine, so providing us with another angle to attack. "Definitely, she can play better than she was playing today".

"I believe it is a nightmare for Federer to play Nadal".

"It's pretty wonderful where I am now", Kanepi said, "compared to where I was few months ago". Both Keys and Kanepi will be cracking big shots, but it's hard to imagine Keys failing to capitalize on this enormous opportunity to make her second Grand Slam semifinal.

As for Nadal, he played three consecutive subpar matches in which he uncharacteristically failed to take advantage of break points (0-14 at one point during his third-round match against Leonardo Mayer), wasn't confident hitting his forehand and played unusually tentative.