Serena Williams' race towards the 24th Grand Slam of her career stops, for now, at the semifinals of the US Open 2020, after the defeat in three sets against Victoria Azarenka. The Belarusian is returning as a great protagonist in the WTA Tour; after the amazing performances at the Western and Southern Open, here she is again in a Grand Slam final.
Waiting for her will be Naomi Osaka, in her third Grand Slam final, after winning in three sets against Jennifer Brady. Before the disqualification of Novak Djokovic and the five-set win against Denis Shapovalov, Pablo Carreno-Busta faced some social attacks from New York Times reporter Ben Rothenberg and Nick Kyrgios.
"The semifinalist of 2017 (yes, it happened) Pablo Carreno Busta is in the round of 16 after winning 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 against Berankis," tweeted Rothenberg, who wanted to remember the semifinal reached by the Spaniard at the US Open in 2017 in an ironic but incorrect way.
Kyrgios said: "If clay-curts didn't exist, that guy wouldn't even come close to the top 50." Carreno Busta responded first on the pitch, reaching his second Grand Slam semifinal, and then, during an interview on the #Vamos program, he said: "Kyrgios? He must be pretty bored."
The bests and the worsts from the US Open 2020
Rafa Nadal, number two in the ATP ranking and a big absent along with Roger Federer at the US Open, is training these days at the academy he founded with a new sparring partner.
This is the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov who has decided to spend a couple of days in Manacor, the birthplace of Nadal, on the island of Mallorca, to train with the twelve-time Paris champion. Grigor Dimitrov, current number twenty-nine in the world rank, was eliminated in the second round of the US Open at the hands of Hungarian Marton Fucsovic.
Once back in Europe he decided to immediately resume training on clay to prepare himself as best as possible for the BNL Internationals in Rome. Roger Federer will come back from two operations on his right knee in the space of four months, he returned to training.
According to a Zurich newspaper, the Tages-Anzeiger, next week he will resume playing in two sessions of 45 minutes each, hoping to be ready for the Australian Open, the only tournament played in 2020. Federer allegedly made this statement during the presentation of the Lindt Home of Chocolate, Switzerland's largest chocolate museum.
Today the semi-finals of the men's singles: Alexander Zverev vs Pablo Carreno-Busta and Dominic Thiem vs Alexander Zverev.