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Pablo Carreno Busta makes 1st major semifinal, will face Kevin Anderson

07 September 2017

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.

Anderson's win ended the U.S. presence in the men's draw.

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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".

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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.

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Pablo Carreno Busta makes 1st major semifinal, will face Kevin Anderson