Rafael Nadal Now in US Open Semi-finals

Thursday, 07 Sep, 2017

Two steps from a third U.S. Open title, who Nadal faces in the semifinals might be insignificant compared to how well he can rise to the challenge and keep elevating his tennis.

Though Dolgopolov is unseeded, he had won two of the last three meetings with Nadal.

That would be the highlight of an eye-opening afternoon for Rublev, however, as Nadal showed no mercy to take victory in one hour and 37 minutes.

Nadal made light work of Rublev, a 19-year-old Russian who grew up idolizing the Spaniard.

Nadal produced his best performance of this year's tournament at Flushing Meadows on Monday as he comprehensibly brushed aside Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets. While their match was delayed, the US Open official Twitter took the time to remind everyone that "oh my god this top 100 ATP player is 19 years old".

Estonia's Kaia Kanepi, who beat Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 6-4, became the first qualifier in 36 years to reach the US Open women's quarter-finals.

The semi-final tie will be Nadal's 26th Grand Slam semi-final. "It's wonderful for our sport really", Federer said.

Pliskova looked frustrated and struggled to find her rhythm throughout the match, serving just two aces while committing three double faults and 21 unforced errors. You're giving me the same questions.

"Thanks so much for all the support you gave", del Potro told the boisterous Grandstand crowd that regaled the 24th-seeded Argentine with "Ole!" chants.

"But I'm just doing my own way, and I have a very important match against Dominic".

Del Potro does not count himself among the contenders yet, saying: " I think that bottom half of the draw is going to be surprising for one guy. He has already played great matches, winning against [Grigor] Dimitrov, against [David] Goffin in straight sets. "Feel like I would probably win it somehow", Federer said.

Consistency might as well be Federer's middle name, so it could well come down to a few points.

Federer will next play Juan Martin del Potro.

"I would like to have the trophy after these five matches", said del Potro with a smile. "It's great to see him back on tour", Federer said.

"And I am in quarter-finals against a tough opponent now".

Juan Martin del Potro pulled off one of tennis' most remarkable comebacks on Monday to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open. He'll be more than determined. "We both would love to play again each other".

It was a reminder of the talent that Del Potro has, and the heart and belief he has demonstrated throughout his career, from having the nerve to beat the best player in the world in your first appearance in a grand slam final, to having the drive to return to the upper echelons of the game from a career threatening injury. "Well, of course, the most special thing is we created a classic match that people expect to see this kind of match".