And then there were four.
Despite the slightly successful attempt of Mother Nature to slow down the U.S. Open, New York—as always—has showcased some must-see action over the past two weeks.
There have been retirements. There have been near-upsets. There have been real upsets. (Sorry, Roger.) There have been dramatic comebacks. And most importantly, there has been grunting.
The women's draw is all set while the men's side will be finalized on Thursday in time for some highly-anticipated weekend action. If the first five rounds are any indication, I don't suggest leaving your TV or live stream for the next few days.
Semifinal Live Stream/TV Info
Matches to Watch
All four semifinal matches are thrilling, but these two are the ones in particular I want to see.
Tomas Berdych vs. Andy Murray
I was all ready to put Roger Federer vs. Andy Murray here, especially with the intense rivalry they had been establishing over the last few months.
But after Tomas Berdych's unbelievable upset of the World No. 1, I'm completely fine with him and Murray.
Berdych has actually owned Murray (4-2) for the most part of his career, but as long as the Brit doesn't fall asleep in the first set like he did against Marin Cilic on Wednesday, this one is going to go down to the wire. Murray's just playing too well right now to let the No. 5 seed roll over him.
This one is going to be fun to watch, too, most notably because of the serves. Berdych was nearing 140 MPH with his serves against Fed-Ex on Wednesday as he pocketed an impressive 14 aces.
On the other side of the court, Murray brings his own devastating serve. Getting a break will be huge for both players.
For a while, whenever Azarenka and Sharapova met up on the hard court, it would be a toss up.
The World No. 1 has ousted Sharapova in straight sets the last four times they've met up on the hard surface, and that includes a dominant win in the Australian Open finals earlier this year.
Azarenka should be favored in this one, but it's not like Sharapova is someone to dismiss. She won her first major about four years earlier at the French and now she's in the semis in New York for the first time since she won in 2006.
She hasn't been overly sharp, but she's clearly back near the top of her game. That should at least make for an intriguing matchup against Azarenka, who doesn't really blow opponents away.