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Brilliant del Potro books Federer clash

That challenge is made more hard this time as the big-hitting Argentine comes off an emotionally draining five-set win over sixth seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem that might have been the best match of the Flushing Meadows fortnight.

The Argentine 24th seed, who lifted the trophy in NY in 2009 against Federer, came from 2 sets down to beat Thiem 1-6 2-6 6-1 7-6 (1) 6-4 win on Grandstand court.

Federer had looked vulnerable at this year's tournament with two five-set wins over unseeded opponents before finding his stride and cruising past 31st-seed Feliciano Lopez and German Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets to make the last eight.

"I was thinking about retiring in the middle of the second set because I couldn't breathe, I couldn't move well", he said. Dominic was dominating the match so easily.

The 37-year-old Williams, who won titles at Flushing Meadows way back in 2000 and 2001, trailed 3-1 in the third set before digging out of the hole with a little help: Kvitova's eighth double-fault handed over the break that made it 3-all.

"Then the history changed a lot". "It's great to see this resurgence, and I hope it can continue".

"I think it takes something out of you when you are in his situation and you don't do this very often", explained Wilander.

However, the Swiss third seed did take a medical timeout off court at the end of the second set.

"Probably feels like one of those matches I would like to play over again".

Into a 12th quarter-final in New York, Federer produced a fine performance against Kohlschreiber, setting up a clash against Del Potro in a repeat of the 2009 decider and moving a step closer to a last-four meeting with Rafael Nadal.

When a reporter relayed to del Potro that Federer had spoken glowingly about him, del Potro responded: "Well, of course, I admire him, too".

"It's going to be an interesting match to play".

The state of the 36-year-old Federer's physical condition has been a talking point throughout the tournament, because he tweaked his back during a match in August, interrupting his preparation for Flushing Meadows.

"I know how to play if I want to win, but always is a pleasure to play the greatest guy in history".



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