Victoria Azarenka, who was reportedly suffering from food poisoning the previous day, said she “gave what she had” in her loss to Ekaterina Makarova.
Makarova said she believed before the tournament that she could make her first Grand Slam semifinal at 26.
She’s there now.
Stan Wawrinka looked cool and collected here...
...but later he was up in arms over...something—everything?—in his five-set loss to Kei Nishikori.
The 24-year-old Nishikori, like Shuai Peng and Makarova, has reached the semis at a major for the first time.
Wawrinka is famous for his backhand, but his forehand follow-through isn’t too shabby, either.
Nishikori is as smooth as they come, which often obscures how physical his game is.
He spends much of his matches in mid-air...
...and moving fast.
Former U.S. Open finalist Michael Chang was as intense as ever in Nishikori’s coaching box.
The sun set on the last day of summer for New York’s kids—school starts on Thursday.
But it wasn’t a bad way to go out.
Ditto for Nishikori.
Remember when Stan was still trying to fail better? After 2014, he might not need the tattoo anymore.
Wawrinka finished the best Grand Slam season of his career, at 29. “That’s life,” he said of his close loss.
Serena Williams was briefly concerned against Flavia Pennetta.
But the worries went away fast, as she won 6-3, 6-2.
Pennetta was left frustrated by Serena again. She’s now 0-6 against her.
For her part, Serena was all smiles as she discussed her “Fierce” dress.
Pascal Maria tried to keep an unruly late-night crowd in order. Andy Murray said it was to be expected, after “they’ve had a few drinks.”
“I let him come back into the match,” said Djokovic, who struggled to hold onto a lead against Murray.
Who is Andy Murray laying his troubles on here?
The man in the moon?
Djokovic bent this way...
...and one more way. But as usual, he didn’t break.
Murray was left with nothing to do...
...but give his hand a talking to, and a good punch.
Was this taken from a passing plane? No, that would be the top row of Arthur Ashe Stadium. Last night it might have been the best seat in the house.