Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Argentine Juan Martin del Potro got their tickets to the quarterfinals of the US Open, after fighting against the heat of New York and rivals that made them get the best out of their tennis to overcome the quarterfinals.
The Argentine, who had not lost a set in the entire tournament, gave up the first set with a tight 6-7 to then take control before the resistance of American John Isner. Del Potro would win with partial 6-3, 7-6 and 6-2.
Nadal, meanwhile, had to resort to five sets, four hours and 49 minutes of play, a special ice vest designed by Nike and a fan to overcome the heat and Belgian Dominic Thiem, who broke the Spanish's service three times to win the first round 6-0.
Thiem, who ran in only 24 minutes in that first set, forced the player to play like a true world number one in order to win a game in which either of them could have taken the victory.
Finally, Nadal gave the best shots to win his ticket to the next round with partial 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 and 7-6.
He thanked the organizers for having given two days of rest to play against a rival he knows very well, and who does not stop being very difficult. He recognized that without that additional day of rest, he would not have the necessary conditions to face a semi-final clash.
The other semi final will be played by Japanese Kei Nishikori, who beat Croatian Marin Cilic 2-6, 6-4, 7-6, 4-6 and 6-4. There he is waiting for the winner of the duel between Serbian Novak Djokovic and Australian John Millman.
Serena Williams jots down her name in semi-finals
In wome's singles, American Serena Williams continues her steady pace towards the semi-finals, by beating eight seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-4 and 6-3.
However, to be honest, Williams has not only been food for thought because of the solidity of the game shown to date, but also because of her dress. In the face of the controversy she generated with her black jumpsuit at Roland Garros, at Flushing Meadows everyone talks about the white tutu or the mallow that has accompanied her during the tournament, which has made her the center of the speeches on how the dress code of tennis players should be.
Her rival in the second-last stage of the tournament will be Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, who beat American Sloane Stephens 6-2 and 6-3, in a kind of revenge, since the American player eliminated her in the previous year's edition precisely in the quarterfinals.