The 29-year-old Spaniard, the oldest of the men’s quarter-finalists, had looked down and out when his Canadian opponent served him a bagel in the fourth set. However, after getting some treatment to his lower back, 2017 semi-finalist Carreno Busta fought back gamely to seal the deciding set in a match that lasted over four hours.
“I am destroyed, but I am very happy,” he said in an on-court interview. “After this battle, it is hard to say. But, it is incredible to be back in the semi-finals.” The 20th seed, who is eyeing a maiden Grand Slam final spot, will next face Alexander Zverev.
The German fifth seed reached his second Grand Slam semi-final this year with a 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(1), 6-3 win over Croatian Borna Coric. After a slow start, Zverev raised his game and showed more poise in the crucial moments against the 27th seed. With the victory, he became the first German to reach the last-four at the US Open since Boris Becker in 1995.
Men’s singles: Pablo Carreno Busta (Spain) beat Denis Shapovalov (Canada) 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4), 0-6, 6-3; Alexander Zverev (Germany) beat Borna Coric (Croatia) 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(1), 6-3.
Women’s singles: Naomi Osaka (Japan) beat Shelby Rogers (USA) 6-3, 6-4; Jennifer Brady (USA) beat Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan) 6-3, 6-2.