Anderson edges Querrey at Open to reach 1st Slam semifinal

Diego Schwartzman of Argentina reacts after a point during his match with Lucas Pouille of France during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Sunday Sept. 3 2017 in New York

Anderson defeated 17th-seeded American Sam Querrey 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (9/11), 6-3, 7-6 (9/7) in the quarter-finals yesterday morning to become South Africa's first US Open semi-finalist since Cliff Drysdale in 1965.

"That", Anderson said, "was really tough".

Anderson's win ended the United States presence in the men's draw.

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. But there was more drama in the fourth, when Querrey fought off a match point at 6-5, then held a set point at 7-6 with a chance to send it to a fifth. The Americans haven't had any men's Grand Slam champion since Roddick won the tournament in 2003.

Querrey, a 29-year-old from California, had never been a semifinalist at a major until his 42nd appearance, at Wimbledon in July.

While legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are each one win from meeting for the first time at the US Open in a potentially epic semi-final, this half of the men's draw is guaranteed to produce a first-time Slam finalist.

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"If you speak with some Spanish people about tennis, they will know Rafa", said Busta.

"It's very exciting to be in the semi-finals".

The 26-year-old has enjoyed a fabulous year and is in line for a place at the ATP Finals in London, having reached the quarter-finals of the French Open and the third round in Australia, as well as lifting just his third career title in Estoril.

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.

Czech Karolina Plishkova, the reigning number one and last year's US Open runner-up, must reach this year's final or lose the top spot to already-ousted Garbine Muguruza, the reigning Wimbledon champion. No male or female qualifier has ever reached a US Open semi-final. He passed Canadian Daniel Nestor, who has 1,051 victories.

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