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Third seeded Stanislas Wawrinka reached the US Open semi-finals for the third time with a battling 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro, who just ran out of gas at the end of a long few weeks for the returning Argentine.

The Swiss, who hit 53 winners including 10 aces here on Wednesday, will now face sixth seed and 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori, who beat Andy Murray, the second seed and 2012 winner, earlier in the day.

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World No.1 Serena Williams advanced to the semi-finals of the US Open, beating fifth seeded Romanian Simona Halep 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in an entertaining contest.

The number one seed, who is seeking her seventh US Open title, will face Czech Karolina Pliskova in the semifinal. Pliskova, seeded 10th, extended her unbeaten run to 10 matches, crushing Croatia's teenage sensation Ana Konjuh 6-2, 6-2.

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Sixth-seed Kei Nishikori of Japan outlasted world No.2 Andy Murray in the US Open quarter-finals on Wednesday, prevailing in five lop sided sets in a shade under 4 hours, 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

"I had many up and downs, in the beginning I didn't start well. It was tough but in the end it was great tennis, so very happy," Nishikori was quoted saying.

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Germany's Angelique Kerber powered to a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Italy's Roberta Vinci, advancing to the US Open women's singles semi-finals where she will take on former world no.1 Caroline Wozniacki.

The 28-year-old German player took control over the proceedings on Tuesday in the second set, dominating Vinci with a strong baseline game and preventing the Italian from holding serve.

Vinci, the world bo.8, was unable to match her 2015 dream run at this year's US Open, having made the final last year, losing to compatriot Flavia Pennetta.

Last month, Kerber won the silver medal in singles at the Olympic tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro. Losing to Puerto Rico's Monica Puig in the women's gold medal match. The German is enjoying a dream year, winning the 2016 Australian Open title, whilst also making the final at Wimbledon.

The German is on the verge of overtaking Serena Williams for the world no.1 ranking, and will look to continue her march towards the title here at Flushing Meadows, New York when she takes on two-time former runner-up Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-finals.

Denmark's Wozniacki was in irrepressible form on Tuesday, routing Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova 6-0, 6-2 in the quarter-finals. In fairness to Sevastova, she was hampered for the best part of the contest by an ankle injury she picked up early in the contest.

A delighted Wozniacki shared after her win, "I think I was just extra focused, because I saw her fall in that second game. She stood up, and I knew if she can still walk and still put weight on it and stuff then she's going to go obviously more for her shots and stuff like that. But I thought, cool. I kept serving well and made her run. I'm pleased with how I managed to keep composed."

 

Seventh seeds Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova were beaten 6-7 (3), 1-6 by top seeds Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic in the women's doubles quarter-finals of the US Open, thereby ending India's campaign in the final Grand Slam of the year.

Sania Mirza was India's last representative at the US Open after Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski lost in the mixed doubles quarters on Monday.

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Andy Murray highlighted an eventful day at the US Open with all the big guns winning their respective matches at Flushing Meadows, New York.

Second seeded Murray thrashed Bulgarian 22nd seed Grigor Dimitrov, winning in three easy sets 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 and will join Swiss third seeded Stan Wawrinka, Japanese sixth seeded Kei Nishikori, and Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals.

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In one of the best matches of the tournament so far, sixth-seed and crowd favourite Venus Williams lost 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) to 10th-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the fourth round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows, New York on Monday.

"I was prepared that I'm going to play Venus. It's going to be tough, because all the people are cheering for her," Xinhua news agency quoted Pliskova as saying.

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