Vandeweghe takes 1st set vs Pliskova at US Open

Vandeweghe takes 1st set vs Pliskova at US Open”

Winning more than half of his service points would have been a start but 19-year-old Andrey Rublev couldn't even do that over the course of the one hour and 36-minute beatdown that came at the hands of Rafael Nadal, who reached his 26th career major semifinal, and sixth in NY, with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory under the closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium. While their match was delayed, the US Open official Twitter took the time to remind everyone that "oh my god this top 100 ATP player is 19 years old".

Roger Federer has bulldozed his way into the US Open quarter-finals without even facing a break point on his serve. He has looked in good form at this US Open, beating top players like Bautista Agut and Thiem.

Rublev, bidding to be the youngest man in 17 years to reach the semi-finals, had no complaints over his loss.

"It was a good match and obviously it was Andrey's first quarter-finals and of course he played with some more mistakes than usual but for me it was an important victory winning the last two matches in straight sets".

Up next for Nadal will be the victor of the quarter-final clash between five-times U.S. Open champion Federer and Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 victor.

Who do you think will win the match?

The surging Spanish left-hander waits for Roger Federer to join him for Saturday's semi-finals in a potentially historic meeting.

Former champion Juan Martin del Potro, the No. 24 seed, faced sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem, with the victor getting Federer if the five-time champion can improve his 31-1 record in night matches at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Del Potro, whose career was nearly ended previous year after undergoing four wrist surgeries, wrapped up the first set thanks to a break in the 11th game secured with a blistering crosscourt pass.

When asked to describe what he admires most about Federer, also a long-time off-court friend, Nadal was keen to cool the "bromance".

American Coco Vandeweghe added to the spoils of American women this US Open with a confident and consistent 6-4 7-6 (7-2) win over Lucie Safarova.

He had started the year at No 38 in the world and entered the US Open ranked No 28, with a run to the quarter-finals at the Rome Masters the high point. "I know him well", Federer said.

The last time four United States women were in the semis was 36 years ago when eventual champion Tracy Austin, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Barbara Potter all made it. On match point, Rublev hit a harmless backhand into the net. "I wish him all the best". There are many more Grand Slams to come. "We'll talk if I win". Both Keys and Kanepi will be cracking big shots, but it's hard to imagine Keys failing to capitalize on this enormous opportunity to make her second Grand Slam semifinal. "He has a chance to be in the semi-finals for the first time of his career, and I have been there a couple of times". "That what's I am doing", Nadal said.

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