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Sloane Stephens began the match in perfect form, winning the first set 6-1, but Venus Williams responded with a bagel in the second to level the tie and give herself a chance of reaching the final.
The most likely outcome of the US Open is that it ends with the list of 2017 men's Grand Slam winners reading Federer-Nadal-Federer-Nadal. Yet the season could also throw up a final twist.
The US Open is set to bring the curtain down on the Grand Slam calendar in some style, with a record £38.5million in prize money to be handed out come the end of the competition.
MIKE DICKSON IN NEW YORK: Rafael Nadal kept up his end of the bargain when he crushed the overmatched Russian teenager Andrey Rublev.
MIKE DICKSON IN NEW YORK: Some things are meant to happen in life and perhaps Roger Federer versus Rafael Nadal at the US Open is simply not among them.
MIKE DICKSON IN NEW YORK: Madison Keys made it four Americans out of four in the US Open semi finals when she swept aside Estonia's Kai's Kanepi.
Former British No 1 Greg Rusedski believes Andy Murray is right to be cautious about undergoing hip surgery. Murray has been mulling over options since pulling out of the US Open.
MIKE DICKSON IN NEW YORK: Andy Murray announced that he is almost certain to sit out the rest of the season, and it remains entirely possible we will not see him regain his full powers at all.
Garbine Muguruza will become world No 1 on Monday after Coco Vandeweghe continued America's dominance of the women's US Open by beating Karolina Pliskova.
Andy Murray has followed Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka in effectively calling time on his 2017 season. However, the now deposed world No 1 pledged he will be back at the start of the new year.
During his first round singles defeat by compatriot Stefano Travaglia he swore in Italian and called Swedish umpire Louise Engzell a ‘whore’, which earned him a £18,500 fine.
Not since Wayne Ferreira at the 2003 Australian Open has a South African made the semis at a slam, while Cliff Drysdale in 1965 was the last man to do so in New York, when it was still an amateur event.
Venus Williams seized her moment to win a thrilling clash with Petra Kvitova and reach her first US Open semi-final in seven years. Williams said: 'It definitely felt like a special match.
MIKE DICKSON AT FLUSHING MEADOWS: Venus Williams is even older than Roger Federer, and her season of 2017 has been barely less extraordinary.
Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares' defence of their US Open title came to an end in the quarter-finals but the Scot remains on track for a second successive Grand Slam mixed doubles trophy.
Sloane Stephens continued her remarkable comeback by defeating Anastasija Sevastova to reach the semi-finals of the US Open.
MIKE DICKSON IN NEW YORK: When Federer made his tour of interviews after reaching the US Open quarter final, he did so wearing a tracksuit bearing the insignia of the Laver Cup.
Tomas Berdych, who helped his country win the 2012 and 2013 Davis Cup titles, has been focusing on the ATP tour. Without him, the Czechs lost 4-1 against Australia in the first round.
France captain Yannick Noah selected the 12th-ranked Tsonga and 20th-ranked Pouille ahead of No. 22 Gael Monfils, who has been named as a reserve against Serbia.
Madison Keys ended Elina Svitolina's world No 1 hopes to make it four American women in the quarter-finals of the US Open. Keys won the fourth round match 7-6 (7/2), 1-6, 6-4