Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams in US Open Semi Finals

Serena Williams storms into Semi Fianls, beats Carolina Pliskova of Czech Republic; Rafael Nadal wins 5 set thriller against Dominic Thiem to reach last four; Defending women’s champion Sloane Stephens crashes out in the Quarter Finals.

Rafael Nadal won the US Open quarterfinal match against Dominic Thiem on Wednesday, after setting up a rematch of June’s French Open final, when he crushed the latter in straight sets to win his 17th major.

Ahead of the match, Nadal had said he will need to raise his game to get past the red-hot Thiem, who reached his first US Open quarter-final when he defeated 2017 US Open runner-up Kevin Anderson in straight sets. Earlier, the world no.1 fought off resistance from Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-4 win on Sunday to set up the quarterfinal against Thiem in New York.

Former champion Juan Martin del Potro reached his second successive US Open semi-final with a hard-earned win over John Isner.

World number 11 Isner took the opening set on a tie-break before the world number three levelled following a break in the fourth game of the second set.

Serena Williams has advanced to the semi finals. Serena beat Carolina Pliskova 6-4-6-3 in the quarter finals.

Earlier, Defending champion Sloane Stephens was eliminated from the U.S. Open. Anastasija Sevastova beat Sloane 6-2, 6-3 in Quarter finals.

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