Del Potro beats Isner and heat to reach U.S. Open semis

Virginia Santiago
September 6, 2018

Sevastova has gone three sets in three of her first four matches, including a roller-coaster fourth-round victory over seventh-seeded Elina Svitolina.

"I weigh 238 pounds, so I have always said it's pretty hard to play in hot conditions", said Isner, who had 11 shirt changes during match. For the rest of us who were watching in Ashe Stadium or on TV until 2:04 a.m. Wednesday morning, the memory will be just as long-lasting, but a lot happier.

World number one Nadal will seek to continue his US Open title defense, taking on Thiem for a place in the semi-finals.

Juan Martin del Potro reached the semi-finals for the third time in the last five grand slams after coming through a gruelling battle with John Isner. It's cruel sometimes tennis, because I think this match didn't really deserve a loser.

Nadal is next in action against Juan Martin del Potro tomorrow. "It was too hot for tennis".

Isner said he needed to change his shirt 11 times.

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Pliskova, the three-time WTA tour ace leader who briefly ascended to world number one past year, has surprised Williams before at the US Open, beating her to reach her first Grand Slam final in 2016.

Another break point came and went for the Argentine in the second set before he deservedly broke through for 3-1, backed up by a love service hold.

Fifth and deciding set ensued and just like the entire match, none were ready to give in.

The players took a 10-minute break at the end of the third set, and Del Potro said: "I lay down on the table and I didn't want to come back again because with this heat it's impossible to play tennis".

With Isner drenched in sweat and showing signs of early distress, Del Potro pounced to secure the only break of the second set at 3-1 and that was enough to level the contest.

The Spaniard lost the first set 0-6 but bounced back to win the match 0-6, 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7, 7-6.

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Del Potro, meanwhile, will enter the showdown with momentum of his own.

"He's maybe playing some of the best tennis ever right now for him", said the American.

It was the first set surrendered by Del Potro at the tournament this year and a positive omen for 11th seed Isner, who was 24-2 at Flushing Meadows when winning the first set.

Nadal holds a 7-3 career lead over the 25-year-old but Tuesday's clash under the Arthur Ashe lights will be their first away from a clay court. "I reach another semi-finals in this grand slam, which means something big to me".

Last night Djokovic was due to play his quarter final against the conqueror of Roger Federer, Australian John Millman.

Marin Cilic will face Kei Nishikori in a repeat of the 2014 final won by the giant Croat.

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