Teenager aims to crash Nadal's US Open party

"I knew a great new generation coming and Andrey is one of these players that have a great future and I wish him all the best", Nadal said, after clinching his spot in his 26th grand slam semi-final.

Rublev broke into the top 100 for the first time in June and is now No.53, having won 13 of his last 17 matches.

In the women's quarter-finals, No 1 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic faces No 20 CoCo Vandeweghe of the US, and 15th-seeded Madison Keys of the US meets 418th-ranked Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, the first qualifier in the US Open women's quarter-finals since Barbara Gerken in 1981.

Rafael Nadal powered into the US Open semifinals and kept alive the possibility of a matchup with Roger Federer, overwhelming Russian teenager Andrey Rublev 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday. Nadal is 6-3 against Federer in Slam finals.

"He (Dolgopolov) is a player who can play unbelievable shots but sometimes he can be very unpredictable so I just waited for my opportunity".

"Rafa is a real champion".

The 36-year-old missed six months of tennis last year due to injury and caused some concern when he had to get a quick massage from a trainer after the second set. "I will try to do my best - I have nothing to lose", Rublev said.


Swiss Federer, chasing a record-extending 20th grand slam title, takes on Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro, the man who beat him in the 2009 final in NY.

The No. 24 seed del Potro faces 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.

"It's very tough to believe where I am now after all that has happened".

"But when he was hurt, clearly I didn't see him for a long time".

In 2016, she appeared just once in Rabat as she battled the effects of Epstein-Barr virus and then painful plantar fasciitis in both feet.

Women's top seed Kristina Pliskova, meanwhile, needed just 46 minutes to crush American Jennifer Brady, 6-1, 6-0 and make her third major quarter-final of 2017. I was done in three minutes and back again.

The legendary Swiss took the first set at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, 6-4.


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