Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro stunned Roger Federer in the quarter-final of the US Open, ending hopes of a first ever showdown in New York between Federer and Rafael Nadal in the semi-final. Instead, it will be the victorious del Potro who will be facing the Spaniard to book a place in the final of the last Grand Slam of the year.
Del Potro produced a gutsy performance in front of a jam packed crowd at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. He defeated Roger Federer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 in a match which could have gone to five sets had it not been for his dominant performance in the fourth set to seal the result. Del Potro’s only Grand Slam victory was in fact the US Open in 2009, when he defeated Roger Federer in the final after overcoming the challenge of Rafael Nadal in the semi-final.
Del Potro’s semi-final appearance against Nadal, which is a replay of their 2009 encounter at the same stage in the tournament seems like a big achievement in light of the fact that he had to save two match points to beat sixth seed Dominic Thiem in the last-16, after contemplating retiring midway through the match due to illness.
Meanwhile, Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta and South African Kevin Anderson will face off in the other semi-final. None of them have ever been in a major Grand Slam final before.