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Williams sisters, Murray, del Potro seek QF spots at US Open

TOPSHOT- US player Serena Williams reacts after a point against Switzerland's Amra Sadikovic during their women's singles first round match on the second day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon southwest Del Potro back in US Open quarterfinals after Thiem retires
Spencer Simpson | 06 September, 2016, 00:24

Juan Martin del Potro, Andy Murray and the Williams sisters are among those seeking to book their spots in the quarterfinals on Labor Day Monday at the U.S. Open.

Thiem, who turned 23 on Saturday, has had a breakthrough year, reaching the French Open semifinals and cracking the top 10.

Marchenko was treated twice during Monday's match for his right knee, which was taped between the second and third sets and massaged during the third-set changeover at 2-1, but he battled on to force a fourth set.

Del Potro was handed an easy passage into the last-eight when Dominic Thiem retired from their encounter midway through the second set while trailing 6-3 3-2.

Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, reacts after defeating David Ferrer, of Spain, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in NY.

"I didn't expect to be in the quarters in my second Grand Slam after my comeback", said the giant Argentine, whose appearance at Wimbledon this summer was his first at a major since the Australian Open in 2014. He's back after so many injuries, so it's good to see him playing so well again. "Hopefully I can go far in this tournament because I love the atmosphere, this crowd and to be in NY".

His career derailed by four wrist surgeries - no other grand slam victor in recent history, perhaps ever, has been hit as hard by injuries - del Potro wanted the trainer at the first changeover.

"In the 'breaker, I went for a little bit more", Williams said, "but I didn't put the ball in enough".

No man ranked as low as del Potro has ever made the final of a major.

Del Potro got a huge break Monday when he spent only 72 minutes on court.

Stan Wawrinka has reached the US Open quarter-finals for a fourth successive year with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 win over Ukraine journeyman Illya Marchenko.

Del Potro won the championship at Flushing Meadows in 2009 and looks to be heading back to that kind of form, albeit not needing to be at his best against a limping Thiem. In del Potro's first Grand Slam back, his second-round upset of Wawrinka at Wimbledon initially hinted at a return to the top of the sport.

"I really don't know what's going on", del Potro said.

Grigor Dimitrov stormed into his first major semifinal that day, and surely many more would be to come.

Del Potro, who was pushed to the brink of retirement earlier this year after undergoing three surgeries on his left wrist, will now face third seed Stan Wawrinka. "I got the power from the crowd in every match".

Somebody noted that at the 2009 U.S. Open, which ended with a victory over Roger Federer in the final, he beat an Argentine, an Austrian and a Spaniard along the way - just as he's done this year. "But it's a good point".

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