Donald Young's surprise US Open run ended when he was eliminated in straight sets by Andy Murray, but it doesn't mark the end of his resurgence or the American men's—Andy Roddick and John Isner advanced to the quarterfinals Thursday, topping David Ferrer and Gilles Simon, respectively. Isner, 26, needed three tiebreakers to beat Simon and advance to his first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal, while Roddick's Court 13 victory sets him up to face Rafael Nadal in his first US Open quarterfinal since 2008. Isner will attempt to avenge Young against Andy Murray.
On the womens' side, Serena Williams and number-one seed Caroline Wozniacki's tournament-long collision course will finally lead to some sparks. Williams hasn't yet lost a set in her return to Grand Slam action. The other semifinal comes down to 23-year-old German Angelique Kerber and 27-year-old Australian Samatha Stosur.
For the first time in a while we're just two rounds away from Americans caring about the US Open all the way to its completion. That's pretty exciting, right?