Men’s Singles Outright Winner
Nadal crushed 35 winners and broke serve eight times to find a way to win against Schwartzman. The No.2 seed will face a new challenge against Italy’s huge-hitting Matteo Berrettini, a player he is yet to battle.
Nadal is the only former major champion left in the men’s field following the elimination of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, leaving him as the clear frontrunner in his pursuit of a 19th major title. The trio has won the last 11 Grand Slam titles, and if Nadal wins on Sunday that will make it 12 straight.
While Nadal has 18 Grand Slam titles, the other three remaining semifinalists have a combined zero. Nadal is two wins away from the US Open title and is the favourite to win. Nadal could end up tying and surpassing Federer sometime in 2020 if he stays healthy.
Fifth seed Daniil Medvedev feared he would not be able to continue against Stan Wawrinka before reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final at the US Open. Medvedev received painkillers and taping on his thigh in the first set of a 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 3-6 6-1 victory over the Swiss on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The Russian will face Grigor Dimitrov, who overcame five-time champion Roger Federer for a place in Sunday's final.
Medvedev has amassed fines of $19,000 in this tournament, for verbal abuse, snatching a towel from a ball person and flipping the middle finger to the crowd in the third round against Feliciano Lopez, among other things.
The fifth seed has had a tiring summer, which saw him make three finals in consecutive weeks in Washington, Montreal, and Cincinnati. Medvedev will be looking to continue on that streak, but there is the chance that it may have taken a toll on him.
Grigor Dimitrov was responsible for kicking out Roger Federer from the US Open. Federer had won all seven of their previous meetings but unseeded Dimitrov fought back to win 3-6 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-2.
Dimitrov, whose career has stalled spectacularly in the past two years, was not expected to be the man to prevent a 'Fedal' final from happening. Coming into the final Grand Slam of the season Dimitrov had lost seven of his previous eight matches, including a chastening defeat by world number 405 Kevin King in Atlanta. However, he has rediscovered his form at Flushing Meadows.
Dimitrov faces Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev in the last four.
Berrettini has continued his excellent season with a career-best run at the US Open. He is into his first Grand Slam semifinal and is hitting huge. His season has been building up nicely to this point. After two ATP title wins, and a round of 16 loss to Roger Federer at Wimbledon, not many would have expected to see the 23-year-old make it this far. But, after an absolute blockbuster five-set match with 13th seed Gael Monfils, Berrettini is set to meet Nadal in the semifinals.
The Italian has shown grit throughout his 2019 US Open campaign and has been part of four matches that have gone to at least four sets. Berrettini must look to compatriot Fabio Fognini for inspiration; out-doing Rafa’s early intensity with your own is key, and if the Italian wins the first set, anything could happen.
The US Open Men’s Singles Championship is this Sunday and the winner will take home $3.85 million. Who will it be? Place your predictions here.
Women’s Singles Outright Winner
Serena Williams must do everything well in order to win and stay on course for a 24th Grand Slam.
Serena Williams is 32-5 in Grand Slam semifinals over the course of her career, and 9-3 at this stage at the US Open with her only losses coming to Kim Clijsters in 2009, Roberta Vinci in 2015 and Karolina Pliskova in 2016.
A win for Serena Williams would mean that the 23-time Grand Slam champion equals Chris Evert's all-time record of 101 US Open victories.
Belinda Bencic and Bianca Andreescu are both making their debut at this stage; 19-year-old Andreescu is the first teenager to make the last four at the US Open since Caroline Wozniacki and Yanina Wickmayer in 2009.
Bianca Andreescu is the fourth player in the Open Era to reach the US Open semifinals on her debut at Flushing Meadows, following 1971 semifinalist Chris Evert, 1978 runner-up Pam Shriver and 1997 runner-up Venus Williams. Andreescu, who lost in the first round of qualifying here in both 2017 (to Liu Fangzhou) and 2018 (to Olga Danilovic) is competing in just her fourth Grand Slam main draw. She now prepares for her first ever US Open Grand Slam final.
The US Open Women’s Singles Championship is this Sunday and the winner will take home $3.85 million. Who will it be? Place your predictions here.
*Odds are subject to change.