Highlights of US Open 12th day

Highlights of US Open 12th day

The 28th-seeded Anderson became the first South African to reach a US Open final since Cliff Drysdale in 1965.

By the time the curtain closes on the 2017 U.S. Open, Nadal will likely be lifting the 16th Grand Slam title of his career.

Juan Martin del Potro will try to extend his thrilling US Open run all the way to the final when he faces top seed Rafael Nadal in the last four.

While 12th seed Carreno-Busta has been among those Spaniards who have lived in the shadow of Nadal, 6ft 8in Anderson is from South Africa, the land that tennis forgot.

Indeed, the cynic will call the anticlimactic semifinals a busta.

Prior to the quarter-finals on Wednesday, Rafa was available in the outright market at [2.68], but he's now contracted into odds-on status at the time of writing, at [1.62], with Del Potro further back at [4.6].

The Argentine saved two set points in the eighth game but Nadal soon wrapped it up at the next time of asking, pushing his opponent into desperate defense before the delivering the killer blow into an open court. Because Sunday, he could end up looking an very bad lot like a beaten-down del Potro. From that moment, the Argentine always looked in control, right up until he clinched the win with an unstoppable driving forehand down the line. Nadal too has been at his peak, as the Spaniard went on to reclaim the World No. 1 title for the first time since 2014.

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"Of course it is a pity, but Juan Martin deserves it more". "When he's playing well, it's hard to stop him". I played Rafa here in 2009 too.

The 31-year-old Nadal, with his teeth firmly in his prey, showcased his defensive class to turn things around on match point and set up a strong chance for more grand slam silverware.

Del Potro said he hopes to repeat his 2009 victory over Nadal ahead of his epic five-set victory over Federer to capture his only Grand Slam title. If not for major wrist issues, del Potro would've crashed the Big 4 long ago.

"I have to play my best tennis", Nadal said.

"I won the juniors here when I was 16 and dreamed of playing on the real stage", said the 25-year-old after her win, which means that Pliskova loses her world number 1 spot to Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza. "Physically, I'm not in the ideal conditions". That, though, is a thought for another day - Nadal is concerned only with the challenge of Del Potro.

Friday's win levels Nadal with del Potro at 5-5 on that surface, and he was in fine form at Ashe. The world No. 3, nursing a back injury, didn't play his best tennis in Flushing Meadows, and against del Potro, he seemed to struggle with his movement. "He's also a lefty, so he has chance to find easily my backhand". "For sure I will try to make winners with my forehands and don't run too much, because my legs are exhausted". The disappointing part is none of the American men took advantage, with Sam Querrey flaming out in the quarterfinals to Anderson. But he ruled the match from there, losing his serve only once more while breaking Carreno Busta four times out of a bounty of 14 break points.