Four USA Women In Semifinals, Federer Ousted

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Published on September 7 2017 6:26 am
Last Updated on September 7 2017 6:26 am

By ESPN

The chant: "U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A" echoed throughout Arthur Ashe Stadium as Madison Keys, who defeated qualifier Kaia Kanepi, approached the net to shake her opponent's hand and claim her victory.

Keys joins fellow Americans Sloane Stephens, Venus Williams and CoCo Vandeweghe in the semifinals. For the first time in 36 years, all four Open women's semifinalists are U.S. athletes. In 1981, team USA consisted of Tracy Austin, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Barbara Potter. Austin captured the title.

Who will be the Austin of this bunch?

In the men's draw, Rafael Nadal pummeled Andrey Rublev 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. Not stunned by his beating, Rublev noted that it was a lesson of sorts: "I mean, it's [a] great experience to play [in the] quarterfinal against world No. 1 Nadal. I will try to practice harder to improve everything for the next time."

Well, that's the spirit!

Then the legend Roger Federer met the lion-hearted Juan Martin del Potro in the final match of the day. Fans sat on the edge of their seats awaiting the verdict as the two men battled it out for the remaining spot in the semifinals.

Ultimately, del Potro was the victor, and a Rafa vs. Fed faceoff won't happen at this Open.