Unexpected US Open match-ups
By Roger Childs
The last grand slam of the year has been an unusual tournament.
On the men’s side four of the top ten ranked players have been absent: Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori.
On the women’s side the Americans have come through strongly and potentially there could be four United States players in the semi finals, something that has never happened in the modern era.
And that’s with new mother Serena Williams on the sideline.
Men’s semi-final really the final?
Andy Murray was seeded number two, but had to pull out. It was too late for the officials to change the playing schedule.
So the two best players of 2017, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, are on the same side of the draw, and if they win their quarter finals tomorrow, will meet in one of the semi-finals. Rafa and Fed have won nine major tournaments between them this year, including the earlier three grand slams.
Federer has the tougher quarter final, as he will meet Argentine, Juan Matin del Potro. The latter had an amazing fourth round win over Dominic Thiem. He was down two sets to love:1-6, 2-6 but then won the next three 6-1, 7-6, 6-4. The Swiss maestro will well remember del Potro beating him in the US Open final in 2009.
None of the other top ten seeds made it to the quarter finals, so number 12, Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta, and 28th seed Kevin Anderson from South Africa, will contest the other semi-final.
American women to the fore
Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens have qualified for one semi-final and two more Americans could be in the other.
However, Coco Vanderweghe is up against number one seed, Karolína Plíšková, in her quarter final, and the Czech would be favoured to win.
Meanwhile, the fourth American, Madison Keys should beat the unseeded Estonian Kaia Kinepi.
The American fans at Flushing Meadows have been loving it!