The 46th-ranked Harris, a 24-year-old from South Africa, had eliminated 3 seeded opponents — No. 7 Denis Shapovalov, No. 22 Reilly Opelka and No. 25 Karen Khachanov — to scope his archetypal Grand Slam quarterfinal - but it each spiralled retired of power astatine the decision of the archetypal acceptable against the German.
The unseeded South African broke the 2020 runner-up to pb 5-3 and served for the acceptable but Zverev broke back.
In the tiebreaker, helium held a acceptable constituent astatine 6-5 but missed a forehand and dropped the adjacent 2 points to cede the set.
The players retreated to their chairs astatine the alteration over, erstwhile Harris went to drawback 2 h2o bottles from the cooler. Knowing helium had blown a cleanable accidental to propulsion his claims for a semi-final berth, Harris smashed the bottles onto the tribunal successful frustration.
Then successful unexpected scenes, Harris, Zverev, the chair-umpire and shot radical each participated successful cleaning the tribunal for astir 5 minutes. The rivals adjacent stood and chatted for a infinitesimal oregon 2 earlier resuming the match.
Harris had rallied from 2 sets to 1 down against Olympic metallic medallist Khachanov successful the opening circular but determination would beryllium nary mode backmost against the Olympic golden medal winner.
The 24-year-old from Germany moved retired to pb of 3-0 successful the 2nd acceptable to spell 2 sets to emotion up, and past 4-0 successful the 3rd to agelong his winning streak to 16 matches.
Speaking aft the match, Zverev said winning the the archetypal acceptable was pivotal successful laying the level for victory.
"Somehow managed to triumph that archetypal set," Zverev said. "Loosened maine up a small bit."
Zverev's winning tally tin beryllium attributed to his improved service arsenic helium fired down 21 aces and won 82 percent of first-serve points.
His 2nd consecutive U.S. Open semi-final volition travel against No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who is bidding for a calendar-year Grand Slam, oregon No. 6 Matteo Berrettini.
"He is the champion subordinate successful the world," said Zverev, who bushed Djokovic successful the semi-finals astatine the Tokyo Olympics. "He is precise hard to beat.
"But he's inactive besides got to triumph tonight.
"I americium going to ticker it, similar everybody else, I guess. I anticipation it goes for 8 hours and 30 minutes."
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