Del Potro outlasts Isner in quarters

Del Potro outlasts Isner in quarters

John Isner hit big numbers in his US Open quarter-final defeat to Juan Martin del Potro, including having to change his shirt 11 times in New York's crushing heat and humidity.

Gauff's father, Corey, played basketball at Georgia State and her mother, Candi, ran track at Florida State.

By failing to step up her game for the key points, Stephens allowed the match to get away from her quickly and despite a late fightback, was in no shape to pull off a comeback.

Gauff said she tried both those sports, but found her niche with tennis.

Ninth-seeded Austrian Thiem is in his fourth Grand Slam quarter-final, but his first outside Roland Garros - where he was soundly beaten in the final by Nadal three months ago.

Sloane Stephens talks dealing with the heat and being sick after her 6-2, 6-3 loss to Anastasija Sevastova in the quarterfinals.

Stephens, who was visibly struggling under the sauna-like conditions, simply had no answer for the steady stream of drop shots sent her way by Sevastova, who later said she was not trying to take advantage of the conditions.

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Sevastova, who retired from tennis in 2013 due to injuries before returning in 2015, almost let Stephens into the match in the second set as the American twice pulled back on serve at 2-1 and again at 4-3, but the fightback proved short-lived.

Williams took down her Czech opponent in two sets, winning 6-4, 6-3 in their quarterfinal meeting Tuesday - Williams' first win against a Top-10 ranked opponent in 2018. Sevastova has had some experience playing Pliskova - Sevastova leads their head-to-head 2-1, and the last time they met, in 2017, Sevastova won the match no contest.

It was 86 degrees just before the start of Tuesday's quarterfinal between Anastasija Sevastova and defending champion Sloane Stevens on Arthur Ashe Stadium, with temperatures again expected to rise through the 90s.

Though Stephens landed 40 of 49 first serves (82 percent), she won just one of her second-serve points in the one-hour, 23-minute elite-eight matchup.

Juan Martin del Potro reached the semi-finals for the third time in the last five grand slams after coming through a gruelling battle with John Isner.

Next up for the 28-year-old is the victor of the evening match between six-time champion Serena Williams and Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova.

If Isner wins, he would be the first American in the U.S. Open semifinals since Andy Roddick in 2006.

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