Federer to face heavy-hitting Del Potro at US Open

That would be the highlight of an eye-opening afternoon for Rublev, however, as Nadal showed no mercy to take victory in one hour and 37 minutes.

The world number one, who returned to the top of the rankings last month for the first time since 2011, will face Russian teen Andrey Rublev after he beat Belgian ninth seed David Goffin.

Few fancied him heading into the match, particularly after a virus had hampered him in his fourth round match against Dominic Thiem but he pulled off the unlikeliest of victories to set up a meeting with the world No. 1.

At the moment, Rublev stands at No 53, which extends a curious statistic: Nadal has made it to the semi-finals without facing a single top-50 opponent.

Nadal, still stinging from a third-round upset by 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov in Montreal in August and with a spot in the semi-finals and a possible showdown with rival Roger Federer on the line, was fully focused on the task at hand.

Federer said he was happy to see the likeable Del Potro back on tour and the feeling is mutual.

In 2009, the now 19-time grand slam champion lost in five sets to Juan Martin del Potro - then only 20 - in the US Open final.

"I played bad", Dolgopolov said. In the third set, Rublev even got called for a foot fault.

But she couldn't mount any sort of comeback against Vandeweghe, who comes from a decorated athletic family and is finally making a name of her own this year.

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The pair have met four times previously and won two matches apiece.

But if the "Fed Express" is to win the US Open, he will have to come through a tricky draw, including a blockbuster quarter-final against favourite Juan Martin Del Potro, which is set to air LIVE and FREE Thursday morning on SBS. "So I didn't change anything". So I'm really happy for him.

"I just felt something, sort of my muscle being tight at the back". "And I believe Rafa is going to be ready if that match has to happen". He is also seeking a first in his celebrated career.

He raced to a 4-0 lead in the second as Del Potro looked completely out of sorts. She won 25 points to just seven for Brady in the second set.

"I saw this crowd cheering for me and I was feeling better". I didn't play my best. "I'm in the quarterfinals in NY, that's a positive result for me, and I'm looking forward to trying to be playing better". She's becoming a big-stage player.

Del Potro, who saved two match points to defeat sixth seed Dominic Thiem in a fourth-round thriller on Monday, has been plagued by injury ever since his moment in the NY spotlight eight years ago.

She will next face either Ukrainian fourth seed Elina Svitolina or Madison Keys of the United States.

The victor of that match will play Kaia Kanepi, who beat Russia's Daria Kasatkina 6-4, 6-4 to become the first qualifier in 36 years to reach the U.S. Open women's quarterfinals.

Federer and Del Potro meet in the last quarter-final at about 02:00 BST on Thursday.


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