The final Grand Slam of the year has been whittled down to the last four on both sides of the draw.
First up will be the women’s semi-finals on Friday morning while the men follow suit later that day.
There are still local hopes on both sides of the draw but among the women there also remains the possibility of an All-American final.
Ben Shelton is out to become the first American man to reach the US Open final since Andy Roddick lost the 2006 championship match to Roger Federer.
Novak Djokovic is chasing another stack of milestones and a fourth US Open title having already secured a return to the top of the rankings.
The winners of the semi-finals also guarantee themselves $1.5 million in prize money and a monster rankings points bump.
Shelton will rise to a new career-high thanks to his run to the last four as he is on track to break into the top 20.
However, in his first meeting with Djokovic his chances of going on to the final appear slim at best.
Carlos Alcaraz is desperate for another date with Djokovic but will need to get beyond a former champion to make that happen.
This semi-final features the last two winners of the US Open with defending champion Alcaraz meeting 2021 winner Daniil Medvedev.
Both men won their last eight meetings against stern opposition in straight sets suggesting this could be a much tighter contest.
This has the look of a match that could go really long given how good both players are at playing defence.
Alcaraz leads the head-to-head between the two men having won twice in three meetings with Medvedev.
Coco Gauff faces Karolina Muchova as the two players who have both lost Grand Slam finals before seek another shot at Major glory.
Gauff can call on the experience of a straight sets win over Muchova at Cincinnati not too long ago with that win coming in the final and giving the American her first WTA 1000 title.
Muchova remains a young player with a bright future even if Gauff is younger and causing much bigger waves, and she should not be written off in this scenario.
Both players blitzed their last eight opponents in quick time, and they will be fresh and raring to go.
Gauff has had the tougher run to the last four but that might end up working in her favour as she has already had a few ‘deep breath’ moments.
Aryna Sabalenka appears to be on an inevitable march to the title which only her own faltering can derail.
Madison Keys has put in a brilliant effort across the fortnight, but Sabalenka is yet to drop a set in New York and looks the most likely champion.
Sabalenka steamrolled over Keys at Wimbledon earlier this year in what was then her second win over the American.
With the Australian Open in the bag, Sabalenka is out to complete the hard court Grand Slam double; a feat not achieved since Monica Seles did it way back in 1992.
Keys could help to set up an all-American final at the US Open for the first time since she lost the 2017 title to Sloane Stephens.
US Open 2023 Semi Finals – Predictions:
- Men’s: Ben Shelton vs Novak Djokovic | Pick: Djokovic
- Men’s: Carlos Alcaraz vs Daniil Medvedev | Pick: Alcaraz
- Women’s: Coco Gauff vs Karolina Muchova | Pick: Gauff
- Women’s: Madison Keys vs Aryna Sabalenka | Pick: Sabalenka