'Absolutely insane': Tennis fans melt down over 'crazy' US Open drama

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  • Gael Monfils
    Gael Monfils
    French tennis player (1986-)
  • Matteo Berrettini
    Italian tennis player

Matteo Berrettini has become the first Italian man to reach the US Open semi-finals in 42 years.

Berrettini, the 24th seed, matched Corrado Barazzutti's run to the last four in 1977 after outlasting 13th-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) in three hours and 57 minutes.

He will meet the winner of a later match between Spanish three-time US Open champion Rafael Nadal and Argentina's Diego Schwartzman for a place in Sunday's final at Flushing Meadows.

Matteo Berrettini, pictured here after his won over Gael Monfils.
Matteo Berrettini celebrates his win. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The 23-year-old Berrettini joined Barazzutti, 1976 Roland Garros champion Adriano Panatta and Marco Cecchinato as just the fourth Italian to advance to a men's grand slam semi-final in singles.

"I'm really happy, I don't what know to say," said Berrettini, who blew a 5-2 lead in the final set and four match points before finally seeing off Monfils in a thriller at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"Right now I don't remember any points, just the match point.

"I remember also the double fault (on match point at 5-3). I have to be honest what a great fight. I would like to say congrats to Gael.

Matteo Berrettini and Gael Monfils, pictured here after their US Open match.
Matteo Berrettini and Gael Monfils embraces after their epic. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

"I think when I was playing it was one of the best matches I ever saw. I was playing but I was watching also."

Fans and pundits were in disbelief over the crazy nature of the match.

Monfils was hoping to join his girlfriend Elina Svitolina in the semi-finals.

Bencic makes women’s semis

Belinda Bencic has dreamed of winning grand slams and being world No.1 ever since her parents begged Martina Hingis's mother to coach her at four years of age.

Now the former child prodigy is two wins away from becoming the first Swiss woman since Hingis 20 years ago to snare a major singles crown after continuing her magical US Open run in New York.

Bencic backed up her stunning fourth-round elimination of world No.1 Naomi Osaka with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 quarter-final triumph over good friend Donna Vekic on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old's breakthrough is all the more satisfying after Bencic plummeted from seventh in the world to out of the top 300 in 2017 following wrist surgery.

Belinda Bencic, pictured here celebrating her win.
Belinda Bencic celebrates her win. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

"I was dreaming, of course, about this day coming, but you never know what's going to happen," she said.

"You're not thinking about it. You're just right in the moment. Either you're practising or focusing on your match.

"I worked hard for this. It's not like I never imagined I could do this. Still, like, I stayed in the moment. Yeah, very nice feeling."

The 12th seed is Switzerland's last hope in the singles following the quarter-final exits on Tuesday of men's heavyweights Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.

"This is not a good thing. I'm not happy about this actually," Bencic said.

"Yeah, I'm kind of surprised, like I think everyone is. It would be really nice if the boys could also make it to semi-finals. But I'm happy I can kind of do it for them and don't let them down."

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