Kevin Anderson advances to US Open semi-final

Lawrence Cooper
September 7, 2017

The victor this time will face No 12 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain or No 29 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina, who meet in the afternoon.

Australian coach and commentator Darren Cahill claimed Pouille "stopped playing" believing his wounded opponent was nearly done before setting up a quarter-final with 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta.

He will next meet the victor of the night match between South African 28th seed Kevin Anderson and 17th-seeded American Sam Querrey.

Carreno Busta had the easier run to the quarter-finals, beating four qualifiers all in straight sets, and he nearly certainly benefited from his extra freshness.

"It would be fantastic to play him in the final", Carreno Busta said of Nadal.

Schwartzman's impressive victory over fifth seed Marin Cilic in the last 32 and 16th seed Lucas Pouille in the fourth round were shocks, but his surprise journey ended on Tuesday against an assured Carreno Busta, who always looked like a figure in control of his own destiny.

Schwartzman stands tall at US Open

Sam Querrey is vying to reach his first US Open final. "But we have to play step by step".

After an early exchange of second-set breaks, Carreno Busta broke to 5-4 and held to claim the set, then broke at love on a double fault to open the third set.

"I just try to learn about how he practises, what he does before and after practices and matches".

The 5-foot-7 Schwartzman was the shortest quarterfinalist at a Grand Slam tournament since Jaime Yzaga, also 5-foot-7, at the 1994 US Open. Querrey, a 29-year-old American seeded 17th, made his major semi-final debut in July at Wimbledon.

The 26-year-old has enjoyed a fabulous year and is in line for a place at the ATP Finals in London, having reached the quarter-finals of the French Open and the third round in Australia, as well as lifting just his third career title in Estoril.

Four American women, also including Madison Keys and CoCo Vanderweghe, have reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 2002 and they could produce the first all-US semi-finals in NY since 1981. No male or female qualifier has ever reached a US Open semi-final.

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