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Bianca Andreescu and Eliza Mertens are in the third set.
The final female single of the quarterfinals of the US Open is the first to require a third set. After 25th seed Eliza Mertens claimed the first set, the 6-3, 15th seed Andreescu took the second set, 6-2.
Mertens hadn't even lost more than three games in a set during her first nine single sets here. 23-year-old Belgian Mertens is the only player in the half to reach the Grand Slam semifinals, of the Australian Open 2018
Andreescu has not lost a completed match since February and climbed from No. 152 to # 15 in the ranking. At his first US Open, Andreescu, 19, hopes to become the first teenager to reach the semifinals of the women's tournament after Caroline Wozniacki in 2009.
Next: Rafael Nadal vs. Diego Schwartzman
match, Rafael Nadal will try to reach his eighth semifinal at the US Open. The second Nadal, who ran past rebuilding Marin Cilic in the 16th round, looked exceptional in the first week of the US Open. Nadal won three Flushing Meadows titles but retired in last year's semi-final game against Juan Martin del Potro with a knee injury that has plagued him throughout his career. This year it looked like nothing could stop it. With his rivals Djokovic and Federer out of the tournament, Nadal is a heavy favorite to win.
Diego Schwartzman, the No. 20 seed in Argentina, will try to get in his way. He played his second US Open quarter-final at 27 years old. He coached at Nadal's academy but lost all seven career games against him. Schwartzman's excellent return to service was in full view of his upset six-figure Alexander Zverev on Monday. He put so much pressure on Zverev that he made 17 double errors in four sets. – MAX GENDLER
Matteo Berrettini wins marathon against Gaël Monfils.
Gaël Monfils bent down on his waist, one hand on his knee and the other resting on the handle of his rocket, which supported him as a cane as he tried to catch his breath in the stifling Arthur Ash Stadium.
The Open State days were unusually cold and dry, but the humidity returned Wednesday, testing the resilience and determination of 33-year-old Monfils and his 23-year-old opponent, Mateo Berretini, while trading rounds house for nearly four hours of exhausting tennis.
But the atmospheric conditions pale in comparison to the pressure that the two players built on their own through a compelling match that did not end until 24th seed Berretti won the 324th point of the match.
With that, Berrettini defeated 13th Monfils, 3-6, 6 -3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5), in 3 hours 57 minutes an d won a remarkable victory for the Italian tennis.
Berrettini made it to the semi-finals against No. 2 Rafael Nadal or No. 20 Diego Schwartzman, who is due to play the quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
Berrettini becomes only the fourth Italian to reach the semifinal phase of a Grand Slam tournament in a single, joining contemporary contemporary Marco Cechinato who went through the semifinals of the French Open last year.
But Italy's last male player to advance to the US Open semifinals was Corrado Barazzuti, who beat Brian Gottfried in the quarterfinals in 1977 before losing to Jimmy Connors. Baratuti sat in Beretini's box on Wednesday, applauding, worrying, trembling, panting and agonizing with everyone else who saw the match – or played it.
"I thought, one of the best matches I've seen," Berrettini said in an interview with the court. "I played, but I also watched."
Berrettini may have been relieved as much as anything else, especially after doubling his error in his first game – at 5-3, 40-30, in the fifth set. He failed to score three more points as Monfils continued to reach deep to extend the race to his limit.
Finally, at 6-5 in the tiebreaker, Monfils scored a 125-mile return serve and Berretini collapsed on the court. He then jumped and ran to the net to shake hands with Montfils, banging his chest as he left.
Defeated players are not known for hitting their breasts, but Monfils would justify himself in that, given how hearted he was, he also showed in the match. Instead, the Frenchman hit Berrettini's hand on the net and the two contestants hugged each other in gratitude.
"What a great duel," Berrettini stated. "I have to say congratulations to Gael."
Berrettini said he did not remember specific points except the winner of the match. Then he raised one hand and put his thumb and forefinger.
"I was a little tight," he said, adding sarcastically, "but I didn't see it, I suppose."
The match came with a sharp momentum, and Monfils showed remarkable determination to just stay in it. After winning the first set, it was as if fatigue had occurred, and he spent time leaning, seeking rest between services.
Berrettini won the second and third sets with relative ease and proved to be heading into victory in four sets as the older player's exhaustion became more of a factor. But after the fourth set, the roof of the stadium was closed due to rain, a move that gave both players a chance to rest. During the break, the two left the court together.
Berrettini seemed to be in command again in the fifth set, taking the lead 5-2 as the two parted and threw themselves at each other, repeatedly going from offense to defense. The Monfils held their serve to make it 5-3, and Berrettini made it to his first game.
His double fault was not even close, the second service was coming slowly and hitting the net. Then Monfils tore the forehand winner's cross and Berrettini hit the forehand on the net for the break.
Monfils stayed at 4-5 and then seemed to break into the next game. At 15-0, Berettini's forehand hit the net and bounced off the side of the Monfils court. Monfields, who was in the baseline and headed into the right corner, threw himself to a stop, then ran and fired the winner in a cross-shot approach.
"I gave it all up today," says Montfils, who has 17 double faults. , "I served poorly but gave my heart."
Then Berretti stepped back and held his office. Now, with Monfils trailing 5-6, Berrettini has two more match points to save again, one with a tense 17-shot rally. Monfils eventually withheld his service and sent the match to his only conclusion: a tiebreaker.
Of course, Berrettini, of course, was not easy, but in the end his nerve held.
Belinda Bencic defeats Don Vekic.
Belinda Bencic and Donna Vekic are the same age. They are close friends and often practice partners. They were a lot of advertised teens who finally met late in the Grand Slam tournament in the early 20's.
So it was no surprise that for most of their US Open quarterfinals on Wednesday, they were split by just a few points.
But midway through the second set of 13th seed Bencic backed away to beat 23rd Vekic, 7-6 (5), 6-3, and advance to his first major semifinal.
Bencic is mentored by Melanie Molitor, the mother and trainer of Martina Hingis, another Swiss prodigy.
He played his first Grand Slam quarterfinal in 2014 as a 17-year-old in his US Open debut and lost to Pen Shuai, 6-2, 6-1. It reached the top 10 at 18.
Bencic did not return to the final eight of the major since that open 2014, her career was cut short in 2017 by wrist surgery.
Her ranking falls outside the top 300 and she plays low level professional tournaments in Europe to bring her back. This season she has nine wins over the top 10 players, most on the WTA Tour. She'll be back in the top 10 next week.
When he was 17, Bencic said that reaching the quarterfinals in the open was "already great. I don't think this disappointment has lost that. ”
But this time she felt she deserved to qualify for the semifinals.
"I really felt like I could take it, even though I was very nervous before the game," she added.
After a tight first set, Bencic stopped the match after Vekic survived a long game, saving two break points to keep it 3: 2. Bencic earned the next eight points to take a 4-3 lead and no lost another game in the match. In the second set, she only had four unallocated errors, three of which were double errors.
"I felt like I couldn't take three good points together," Vekic said. "I was playing a good point, then a bad one. I do not know. I really didn't have much rhythm today. ”
Bencic will play the winner of Wednesday night's No. 15 Bianca Andreescu and No. 25 Eliza Mertens.
Bencic was as surprised as anyone that she was the last Swiss player left in the single. Her compatriots Roger Federer and Stan Vavrinka, who have 23 Grand Slam titles, lost their quarterfinals on Tuesday.
"That's not good," she said. "I'm not really happy about that. I'm kind of surprised, as I think everyone is. It would be really nice if the boys also made it to the semifinals. But I'm happy I can do it for them. ” – NAILA-JEAN MEYERS
Jamie Murray closes in a double double.
Wednesday's schedule for the Louis Armstrong Stadium includes six doubles matches, two of them with Jamie Murray of the United Kingdom. With his new partner for men's doubles, Neil Scoop Murray defeated the American team of Jack Sock and Jackson Surrey, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4). Sock and Withrow, who grew up playing with and against each other in the Midwest, only recently joined forces in the tour, but looked impressive in upsetting two teams, including the Brian brothers, on their way to the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Murray and Scootsky will face top teams Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, who won Wimbledon in July.
A few hours later Murray was at Armstrong Stadium again for the semifinals of mixed doubles with Bethany Matech-Sands and defeated Samantha Stosur and Rajeev Ram, 6-3, 6-1. Murray and Mattek-Sands are the defending champions of the US Open. Murray won four Grand Slam titles in mixed doubles and two in doubles. – MAX GENDLER