Flushing Meadows darling Del Potro thanks crowd for epic win

Sep 4 2017 New York NY USA Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after match point against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany on day

Sep 4 2017 New York NY USA Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after match point against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany on day

Eight years after losing to Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open final, Roger Federer locks horns again with the giant Argentine in NY still convinced he should have won the match which ended his five-year reign as champion.

Argentina's injury-prone Juan del Potro overcame a slow start to beat Austria's Dominic Thiem in five sets 1-6, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7/1), 6-4.

On Monday, Federer cruised past Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4 6-2 7-5 but his thoughts quickly turned to his match with Del Potro. Svitolina meets No. 15 seed Madison Keys in the nightcap. It will be after eight years again in the centre court of this tournament. It'll be interesting to see how the crowd dynamics play out and if that will have any effect on the match.

Having lost the first set in 36 minutes, and after receiving medical treatment, the former champion trailed 6-1 3-0 and finally hit his first victor in the 12th game, but then wasted three break point opportunities.

"I was thinking to retire in the middle of the second set because I couldn't breathe, I couldn't move well", said Del Potro, who called the doctor twice during the opening set.

Youzhny is a former top-10 player who reached the U.S. Open semifinals in 2006 and 2010, but he is now ranked 101st. "For the moment I didn't find the way to stop that watch". Later Wednesday, Nadal faces Russian 19-year-old Andrey Rublev with plenty on the line. As Thiem's energy rose; del Potro seemed to start succumbing to the viral illness that plagued him the first two sets of the match. The Spaniard waltzed past Alexandr Dolgopolov on Day 8, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1, to book his spot in the U.S. Open's quarterfinals for the first time since 2013.

That thrilling five-set triumph ended Federer's five-year reign as champion and his 40-match win streak.

Like Keys, who has endured two wrist surgeries this year, Kanepi has been an inspiration in NY.

Federer had back issues coming into this championship.

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There was no suspense to the No. 1-seeded Nadal's matchup with the 53rd-ranked Rublev.

Federer leads Del Potro 16-5 in their head-to-head record although his win in Miami this year represented the first time the pair had met in four years.

Much has happened since del Potro upset Federer on that sultry September night in 2009. "I played with not many mistakes".

Even Roger Federer, playing his fourth-round match simultaneously at Arthur Ashe Stadium, said he was intrigued by the del Potro-Thiem match.

"I'm going to be having dinner, probably", Nadal joked about what he'd be doing while Federer played del Potro.

Rublev grew up worshipping Nadal, to the point that he even dressed like Rafa, buying every new Nike outfit Nadal wore. I think we're both looking forward to it.

It has been nine years since the last of Federer's five US Open crowns came his way and, especially with the way the bottom half of the draw has opened, he will not have much better chances, at the age of 36, of winning that sixth Flushing Meadows title.

They've split their four meetings, all of which were straight-set matches.

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