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Federer eliminated at the US Open; Serena advances to the semifinal

Federer eliminated at the US Open;  Serena advances to the semifinal

The final dream between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the US Open was left for another chance, after the Swiss fell in the quarterfinals of the tournament that he won five times.

And as 20 Grand Slams winner Federer bids farewell, Serena Williams advanced without breaking a sweat to the semifinal in her 100th win at Flushing Meadows and is on her way to claiming her 24th title to tie the legendary Margaret Court.

It was a Serena ride. It took just 44 minutes to strike 6-1, 6-0 at China’s Wang Qiang (18), who did not score a single winning point, compared to 25 for the American.

“It’s incredible, when I started I think I was 16 years old, I never imagined that I would reach 100, it did not cross my head, but I love what I do … I don’t want to let it go,” he said on the track. “I feel very good, physically I feel good and more importantly, I have a lot of fun every time I go out on the pitch.”

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Williams will face Elina Svitolina, who reached this stage for the second consecutive Grand Slam after advancing at Wimbledon.

– “We must accept defeats” –

The Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who had never been able to beat Federer before, prevailed tonight in five sets with sets of 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 and 6-2 in 3 hours and 12 minutes.

The Bulgarian will face Russian Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals, who earlier beat fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka.

“I’m disappointed because I thought I was playing well after a couple of bad starts,” Federer said of his first two games, which he started by losing the first set.

“Everything seemed to be fine (…) but you have to accept defeats are part of the game,” continued Federer, who on Tuesday jumped onto the pitch as the oldest player to play a quarter-final since Jimmy Connors did it in 1991, to all 39.

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Of the ‘Big 3’ only Rafa remains, who on Wednesday faces Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who has never beaten him either. Novak Djokovic withdrew due to injury in the round of 16.

Medvedev, 23, advances to his first semi-final. He also became the youngest semifinalist at the US Open since ‘Nole’ did it in 2010, the year in which the last Russian, Mikhail Youzhny, arrived at this stage.

– “I’m sorry and thank you” –

Medvedev, who ended up winning in four sets against the Swiss, winner of three Grand Slams, also tries to make the passes with the US Open public, with whom he has maintained a stormy relationship.

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“A lot of people love me, a lot of people don’t, I try to be myself,” he said on the pitch … And when asked what he would say to the public, he replied: “I’m sorry and thank you!”

The problems with the tribune began when he threw a towel at a ball boy and made an obscene gesture captured on the screen in the August 30 game against Spain’s Feliciano López, for which he was fined $ 9,000.

From then on it was a continuous boo, which he said ironically helped him win.

Before his clash with Wawrinka, he tried to sign the truce. “I need to be a better person on the track,” he said. “I was an idiot to be honest.”

A kind of armistice took effect on Tuesday: the public supported Wawrinka, but did not boo him. Is an advance. AFP

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