Four Spaniards took the court on Day 9 of the US Open, and two of them - Fernando Verdasco & David Ferrer - combined to produce the match of the tournament, a five-set thriller decided by a tie-break, 7-4, in favor of Verdasco.
In other action, Stanislas Wawrinka ended Sam Querrey's run in five sets, Mikhail Youzhny booked a spot in the quarterfinals in a four-set win over Tommy Robredo, and Rafael Nadal concluded a late-night affair against compatriot Feliciano Lopez in straight sets.
On the women's side, two berths in the semifinals were on the line, and a pair of familiar faces stepped up and delivered.
Defending champion Kim Clijstersfaced down her sternest test of the tournament and passed with flying colors in a three-set win over No. 5 seed Samantha Stosur, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
Two-time US Open winner Venus Williams continued to display fine form, defeating 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in straight sets, 7-6(5), 6-4. Venus and Clijsters will meet in a blockbuster women's semifinal on Friday.
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