Roger Federer loses to Grigor Dimitrov in US Open 2019, Serena Williams storms into semi finals

Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov stunned Roger Federer after he came from two sets down to shock the five time champion in five sets to advance to his first semi final in Flushing Meadows.

The 28 year old had never beaten the third seed in seven previous FedEx ATP head to head meetings winning just two of 18 sets in those match ups.

Grigor’s highest achievement in the sport came in 2017 when he won 2017 Nitto ATP Finals.

After that victory, he climbed to third place in ATP rankings but that feat fell to its lowest in recent years.

When he arrived at the US Open this year, Dimitrov’s career was at its lowest losing seven of his eight matches leading into the season’s final major.

Now the world’s number 78 can feel good after he beat the third seed 3-6, 6-4, 3-6,6-4,6-2 in a Grand Slam quarter final.

“I think the past six, seven months have been pretty rough for me. But I had somebody to lean on, my friends, my family. I kept on believing again in the work, the rehab I had to put behind my shoulder, the exercise, the practice, fixing up the racquet a little bit,” said Dimitrov after his victory .

Serena Williams through to semi finals

Unlike Federer who came crushing, Williams put on a show to remember when she beat Wang Qiang in only 44 minutes to progress to the semi finals of the US Open 2019.

This despite what many analysts always felt was going to be an easy ride for Serena whose real challenge now begins in the semi finals if she is to win another Grand Slam title.

Since Williams return to the tour in 2018, after the birth of her daughter Olympia, her problem has not been finding form. It has been about sealing the deal.

The last of several set backs was this year’s Wimbledon final against Simona Halep.

Leading to the final, Serena had crushed Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 in the semi finals only to be routed 6-2,6-2 by Halep in the finals.

Now Serena faces world class hard hitter Elina Svitolina in Thursday’s semi final. She is the quickest and best defender on tour.

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