Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta has surged into his first Grand Slam semi-final after defeating Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in straight sets at the US Open.
He did not face a seeded player until yesterday morning's (Singapore time) quarter-final clash with 29th seed Diego Schwartzman, who he dispatched 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the last four.
He will next meet the victor of the night match between South African 28th seed Kevin Anderson and 17th-seeded American Sam Querrey.
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Carreno Busta broke at love to open the match and again to lead 5-2 on the way to taking the first set in 38 minutes.
"Losing the second set was really tough but I played each point at a time and it paid big dividends for me today". He fought back from a 6-1 deficit in the second tiebreaker to move within a point of winning it himself at 8-7, before eventually succumbing on Querrey's eighth set point.
But the stands gradually cleared up as the match was sent deep into the night.
Stephens, who missed 11 months with a left foot injury before returning at Wimbledon, has won 13 of her past 15 matches entering a Thursday semi-final against a later victor between two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and seven-time Grand Slam trophy-lifter Venus Williams. It's something that I always dreamed of but never think I can arrive here. "I know that I didn't win matches against top players, top-10 or top-20 players, but I am very happy with my tournament".More news: Data On 'Millions' Of Time Warner Cable Customers Leaked
Stephens hopes to match her best Slam run to the 2013 Australian Open semis while Sevastova has matched her best Slam run from past year in NY.
The 5-foot-7 Schwartzman was the shortest quarterfinalist at a Grand Slam tournament since Jaime Yzaga, also 5-foot-7, at the 1994 US Open. No male or female qualifier has ever reached a US Open semi-final.
The Spaniard had earlier reached the quarter-finals of the French Open but had to retire against eventual champion Rafael Nadal because of an abdominal fracture that forced him to miss Wimbledon.More news: Christie slams Ted Cruz, calls him 'disgusting' while talking hurricane relief
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