The run for American men’s tennis ended on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the US Open when No. 28-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa upset No. 17 Sam Querrey 7-6(5), 6-7(11), 6-3, 7-6(7).
Querrey blew a large lead in the first-set tiebreaker that would come back to haunt him as Anderson took advantage of a weak bottom section of the men’s draw to advance to his first Grand Slam semifinal.
“To play in one of the most famous courts in the world at night and get through, it feels fantastic,” the former University of Illinois product said afterwards.
In the unlikely semifinal he will meet No. 12 seed Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain, who in his quarterfinal defeating No. 29 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.
“It is something that I always dreamed,” Carreno Busta said upon reaching his first Grand Slam final.
The Spaniard took the advantage by stepping into the court during rallies, while Schwartzman was frequently caught well behind the baseline.
The 26-year-old beat four straight qualifiers going into the quarters, and has yet to drop a set.
The semifinals will be completed on Wednesday when (1) Rafael Nadal meets unseeded Russian riser Andrey Rublev, and (3) Roger Federer faces (24) Juan Martin del Potro.
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