Impressive Pablo Carreno Busta reaches first Grand Slam semi-final

Impressive Pablo Carreno Busta reaches first Grand Slam semi-final

Carreno Busta, the first player to face four qualifiers in any Grand Slam, booked a Friday semi-final against either South African 28th seed Kevin Anderson or 17th-seeded American Sam Querrey, whose first Slam semi-final was in July at Wimbledon.

Pablo Carreno Busta is into the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.

Pablo Carreno Busta has reached the U.S. Open semifinals for the first time in his career after rolling over Diego Schwartzman in Tuesday's quarterfinal match at NY. Carreno Busta has been to the third round in three previous hard-court majors.

The 12th-seeded Carreno Busta recorded a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 victory over the 29th-seeded Argentine to keep his streak of not losing a set intact.

Carreno Busta, 26, has always been a player of some potential, but this season he has progressed by reaching the quarter-finals at the French Open in June.

Sam Querrey, the last American man standing, faces off against big-serving Kevin Anderson of South Africa under the lights on Arthur Ashe.

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The Saudis entered the last matchday in Asian qualifying tied with Australia with 16 points but with a superior goal difference. The sport is the most popular in the country, as it is in much of the Arab world.

Stephens became the first unseeded USA woman to reach the final four at Flushing Meadows since Venus Williams in 1997. Not dropping a set against any of them, he reached the quarter-finals by eliminating Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in the fourth round.

"It would be fantastic to play him in the final", Carreno Busta said of facing countryman Nadal in the final.

The No. 12 seed from Spain leads No. 29 seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-4 in a men's quarterfinal match.

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.

The U.S. hasn't had a men's semifinalist at its home major since Andy Roddick in 2006.

Next up for Williams is another comeback kid in 16th seed Stephens, who only began her season at Wimbledon after foot surgery sidelined her for almost a year. Schwartzman will undoubtedly give it his all and could win this, though Carreno Busta is the fresher of the two and should have an advantage here.

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