US Open tennis 2016

Stan the man: Stan Wawrinka beats former champion Juan Martin del Potro to reach US Open semi-finals

The third seed recorded a 7-6 (7/5) 4-6 6-3 6-2 quarter-final win to set-up a meeting with Japan’s Kei Nishikori

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 September, 2016, 1:59pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 September, 2016, 1:59pm

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

Two-time grand slam winner Wawrinka ended the rousing comeback effort by the Argentinean at Flushing Meadows with a 7-6 (7/5) 4-6 6-3 6-2 win to close out Day 10 at the year’s last grand slam.

Del Potro, the 2009 winner, had missed nine successive grand 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 de Janeiro Olympic Games.

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.