The top four men’s seeds reached the semifinals at the U.S. Open for the first time in 19 years, with Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray joining Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the final four.
Defending champion Nadal of Spain, the second seed, won 6- 2, 6-1, 6-3 yesterday against 2003 champion Andy Roddick of the U.S. Murray, the fourth seed from Britain, won in four sets against American John Isner and will face Nadal in one of today’s two semifinals.
Top seed Djokovic, of Serbia, and five-time champion Federer, the third seed from Switzerland, advanced to the other semifinal with wins two days ago.
“I think it’s good for tennis, I think everyone has played great tennis in the slams this year and I think that’s what people would like to see,” Murray said at a news conference. “It’s been great consistency, and I’m glad to be part of that.”
The same four top seeds also reached the semifinals at this year’s French Open. That hadn’t happened at the U.S. Open since 1992, when No. 1 Jim Courier, No. 2 StephanEdberg, No. 3 Pete Sampras and No. 4 Michael Chang reached the semifinals.
That’s a stark contrast to the last time the four top men’s seeds advanced to the semifinals, in 1992. Courier, Sampras and Chang all are Americans, while Edberg is from Sweden.