US Open day nine: Jennifer Brady’s masterclass, Sascha Zverev strikes back, Brad Gilbert put in his place

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Naomi Osaka in action

Our look back at day nine of the US Open features a incredible shots galore from Jennifer Brady, Alexander Zverev strikes back three times and a interesting pineapple suit.

Alexander Zverev beat Borna Coric in four sets to reach his first US Open semi-final, where he will meet Pablo Carrena Busta who overcame Denis Shapovalov in five.

Naomi Osaka, the 2018 champion, cruised past Shelby Rogers and will take on Jennifer Brady, who beat Yulia Putintseva, in the last four.

Meanwhile Britain’s Joe Salisbury and partner Rajeev Ram missed out on a place in the final of the men’s doubles, going down in straight sets to Nikola Mektic and Wesley Koolhof.

Picture of the day

Jennifer Brady celebrating

Jennifer Brady sealed her place in her first grand slam semi-final at the US Open (Seth Wenig/AP)

Match of the day

Zverev v Coria may have been a tough watch but Carrena Busta and Shapovalov served up a late-night classic, the Spanish 20th seed winning 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4), 0-6, 6-3.

Shot(s) of the day

Take your pick from a Brady masterclass.

Stat of the day

Zverev’s win over Coric makes him the first German man to reach the US Open semi-finals since Boris Becker lost to Andre Agassi in 1995. In that same period, both Steffi Graf and Angelique Kerber have won the women’s title.

Quote of the day

“He will not be able to win against the top players playing the way he did today. You can’t just play pat-a-cake.” – Martina Navratilova was unimpressed by Zverev

Quote of the day, part II

“Maybe she should look at my record against the big guys. She’s a multiple Grand Slam champion, she’s respected, but her opinion right now does not matter to me.” – Zverev hits a return

Quote of the day, part III

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Brad Gilbert was put in his place by Alexander Zverev (Gareth Copley/PA)

Former coach and current television analyst Brad Gilbert was put in his place early in the third set between Zverev and Coric. The German was distracted as he prepared to serve, turning to Gilbert, who was sitting close to court-side, and insisting: “You’re talking too loud, man.”

Threads of the day

Do not adjust your set.

Fallen seeds

Women: Yulia Putintseva (23).
Men: Denis Shapovalov (12), Borna Coric (27),

Up next

The remaining quarter-finals kick off with an all-mum battle between Serena Williams and the returning Tsvetana Pironkova, before Victoria Azarenka faces Elise Mertens of Belgium.

In the men’s event, Andrei Rublev plays third seed Daniil Medvedev, before second seed Dominic Thiem aims to live up to his billing against Australia’s Alex de Minaur.

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