Nadal and Thiem battle in NY

Nadal and Thiem battle in NY

6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Tuesday after a towering battle in a sweltering Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"I think it was very physical today".

"I really feel like right now I'm playing free because I was having a baby this time previous year, so I have nothing to prove", said Williams, who is seeking her first major title since her daughter Olympia was born on September 1 of 2017.

Indeed Stephens fought back to narrow the gap to 4-3, but Sevastova grabbed another break with a well-timed drop shot for a 5-3 lead and sealed the victory on her third match point when a tired Stephens put a backhand into the net.

Sevastova, ranked 18th in the world, said she did not have many goals when she returned to tennis. "I like to see that trophy every single day in my home", del Potro said.

Serena Williams follows through on a backhand during her straight sets win.

"If we skip the first set, it was a really open match from beginning to the end". A combination of Stephens' ineffectual play and Sevastova's cunning was enough to put the Latvian into the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the first time.

The 28-year-old was appearing in her third Grand Slam quarter-final - the previous two also coming at the US Open in 2016 and 2017 - and admitted she was not expecting to hit such heights on her return to the sport.

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Osaka, seeded 20, came back from a break down in the final set to take the tie on a fourth match point when Sabalenka served up an eighth double fault.

"I think you need some time to look at the journey - it was an fantastic journey these three to four years", she added. For his part, Federer has not played poorly; he made it to the final in Cincinnati just before the start here in NY but was overwhelmed by a surging Novak Djokovic. On paper, Thiem was actually the better player Tuesday night.

Now, in his seventh semi-final at the US Open, Nadal is braced for another marathon with Del Potro, the third seed.

All in all, it's a decent finish for Stephens, who had her ups and downs this season.

With her older sister, Venus - the woman she beat in the third round - in her guest box, Williams looked tight. Stephens went just 1 of 9 on her second serves, canceling out an outstanding 81 percent first serve percentage.

The American was not landing enough first serves to keep himself out of trouble, with Del Potro increasingly forcing him to play off his toes, and by the fourth set Isner's resistance had run out.

"He's maybe playing some of the best tennis ever right now for him", said the 6-foot-10, 238-pound Isner, who suffered even more in the 93-degree heat than his foe.

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