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Sept 4 (Reuters) - Round-up of day eight at the U.S. Open championships on Monday:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s just really nice to see him back, playing these kind of matches. That’s what he came back for. To get the crowd support the way he got it... we could even hear it on centre court. That’s the first time I experienced that.” -Swiss Roger Federer on his quarter-final opponent Juan Martin del Potro and the raucous crowd backing the Argentine got in his match against Dominic Thiem on Monday.
FACT OF THE DAY: Four American women — Madison Keys, Coco Vandeweghe, Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams — have entered the quarter-finals of the U.S Open, a first since 2002.
STATISTIC OF THE DAY: Russia’s 19-year-old Andrey Rublev, who beat ninth-seeded Belgian David Goffin 7-5 7-6(5) 6-3 to enter the quarter-finals, is bidding to become the youngest semi-finalist at the U.S. Open since Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt in 2000 and at a grand slam since Rafa Nadal at Roland Garros in 2005. Rublev faces Nadal in the last eight.
PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY: Juan Martin del Potro said he nearly retired in the middle of the second set of his fourth round encounter against Austria’s Dominic Thiem. Despite having difficulty breathing and not moving well, the Argentine popped a pill and fed off the crowd’s energy to defeat the sixth-seeded Thiem 1-6 2-6 6-1 7-6(1) 6-4 in three hours and 35 minutes. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)