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US Open: Wawrinka ends Del Potro's run

September 08, 2016 11:45 IST

Stanislas Wawrinka

IMAGE: Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates defeating Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina during their men's singles quarter-finals on Day Ten of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Photograph: Alex Goodlett/Getty Images.

Swiss third seed Stanislas Wawrinka outlasted tiring former champion Juan Martin del Potro in four sets to advance to the semi-finals of the US Open on Wednesday.

Twice Grand Slam winner Wawrinka ended the rousing comeback effort by the Argentine at Flushing Meadows with a 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win to close out Day 10 at the year's last Grand Slam.

Juan Martin del Potro

IMAGE: Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina takes a break against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.

Del Potro, the 2009 winner, had missed nine successive Slams due to a string of wrist surgeries before returning to Wimbledon, where he ousted Wawrinka in the second round and went on to claim silver at the Rio Olympics.

Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open winner and 2015 French Open champion, will next meet sixth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan, the 2014 Flushing Meadows runner-up, who upset world number two Andy Murray in five sets in their quarter-final.

Friday's other men's semi-final will pit world number one Novak Djokovic against French 10th seed Gael Monfils.

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