Pablo Carreno Busta outlasted an erratic Denis Shapovalov 3-6 7-6(5) 7-6(4) 0-6 6-3 in a seesaw battle to advance to his second U.S. Open semi-final on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old Spaniard, the oldest of the men’s quarter-finalists, had looked down and out when his Canadian opponent served him a bagel in the fourth set.
However, after getting some treatment to his lower back, 2017 semi-finalist Carreno Busta fought back gamely to seal the deciding set in a match that lasted over four hours.
The 20th seed, who is eyeing a place in his maiden Grand Slam final, will face Alexander Zverev in the last four after the German took down Borna Coric 1-6 7-6(5) 7-6(1) 6-3 earlier on Tuesday.
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Brady, who had been 0-2 against Putintseva, was playing in her first major quarterfinal and admitted to nerves, but dispatched her opponent in 1 hour, 9 minutes.
“I came out with nerves, obviously,” she told Brad Gilbert in her on-court interview. “I think she did, too. It’s our first quarterfinal. I just tried to treat it like all the other matches and pretend like it was a first-round match. I was happy with how it started and I was able to keep the momentum and build off of that.”
Brady will pick up an $800,000 payday for reaching the semifinals after earning about $400,000 thus far in 2020.