Del Potro sets up Federer US Open showdown


Able to summon big strokes when it mattered most, Stephens reached the final four at Flushing Meadows for the first time by edging 16th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4) for her deepest run at any major since 2013.

The two have met twice with del Potro winning each time, including in the round of 16 here a year ago when Thiem retired injured when trailing 3-6, 2-3.

But this sort of throwback run is becoming nearly routine again for Williams, who made it to the Australian Open final in January, then the Wimbledon final in July.

The 20th-seeded Vandeweghe is into the round of eight at a Grand Slam tournament for the third time this season.

'I already said everything that could be said, and you guys want to give me again the same questions.

"He (Thiem) has everything to win the match", said the 24th seed. Rublev is a remarkable 95-1 for the title, even after he has disposed of two top-15 opponents in straight sets. "Roger Federer will know who he will play in the semis and could have Nadal walking out all showered ready and waiting in his room going, "Come on Roger, let's bring it on", said Wilander.

The history dovetailed with del Potro's popularity, with thrives even if had committed the sin of beating the adored Federer in the 2009 U.S. Open final.

Del Potro, however, is set to be strongly tested in his next clash when he takes on sixth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem.

Now Carreno Busta will face No. 17 Sam Querrey of the US or No. 28 Kevin Anderson of South Africa, who were scheduled to play Tuesday night. He can hurt me or it's not really easy for me to get to my good shots against him, because he's playing flat. Keys faces 418th-ranked qualifier Kaia Kanepi. The bottom half of the men's draw is down to the quarterfinals. "I played a fantastic battle against one of the best players on the tour".

"I was sick the last two days and I came here to play as best as I can". In that vein, the crowd "was very important because I was trying to retire the match in the second set, then I saw the crowd waiting for more tennis, waiting for my good forehands, good serves".

How did it compare with that 2009 U.S. Open final, when he slogged through five sets to beat Federer, who happens to be his next opponent here?

Nadal will then face Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, who was last seen lashing out at the media when asked about the Tennis Integrity Unit looking into match-fixing allegations following his loss in a tournament last month.

Rublev, the youngest US Open quarterfinalist since Andy Roddick in 2001, has put the tennis world on notice at Flushing Meadows by reaching the Round of 8 while dropping just one set.

Querrey was trying to give the US its first men's semifinalist at its home major since Andy Roddick in 2006.