US Open 2020 LIVE updates: Alex de Minaur vs Dominic Thiem

'I never give up': Serena stays alive in race for grand slam No.24

Earlier this morning the brilliant Serena Williams made it through to the semis and has set the stage for yet another win at her home Grand Slam.

A US Open win would see Serena draw even with Australia's Margaret Court for the most Grand Slam wins with 24.

New York: Serena Williams was forced to dig deep to secure a 4-6 6-3 6-2 US Open quarter-final victory over unseeded Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova on Wednesday, keeping alive her latest bid for a record-tying 24th grand slam singles title.

Williams, a six-times champion in New York, struggled with Pironkova's slice forehand early and was at risk of her earliest US Open exit in 14 years until she used her experience to find a way back against a resurgent Pironkova.

Serena Williams hits a return in her quarter-final against Tsvetana Pironkova. Credit:Getty Images

"I'm happy to be standing here … because at one point I was pretty close to not being here," Williams said during the on-court winner's interview. "I keep fighting and that's one thing that I am super excited about is I never give up."

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'The perfect student': De Minaur's rise from Carss Park to a grand slam quarter-final

Before we get to the action on court, here is a lovely story on Alex de Minaur's youth from Dominic Bossi.

It's a nice read ahead of such a big moment in Alex's young career.

Tennis coach Kerry Dock would never teach kids below the age of four but when he saw a three-and-a-half year-old Alex De Minaur in Carss Park in Sydney's south, he knew he had to make an exception.

In his third lesson, the toddler was serving over the net from the baseline. By the age of six, De Minaur was rallying against Dock and, by the age of 10, he nearly beat Dock in a three-set match. It's now of no surprise to Dock that a 21-year-old De Minaur is now in the quarter-finals of the US Open.

Alex de Minaur is through to his first grand slam quarter-final.Credit:AP

"I normally don't take kids that young but he was already hitting the wall on the garage every day for three hours," Dock said. "He would have been the youngest ever. Alex was the perfect student."

De Minaur is the last remaining Australian in the US Open after powering his way past Canadian Vasek Pospisil in straight sets on Tuesday morning to set the stage for a quarter-final clash against the new tournament favourite, Dominic Thiem.

De Minaur's 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over the unseeded Pospisil in the fourth round elevated him into the final eight of a grand slam and, according to his junior coach of four years, the Australian public shouldn't be surprised if De Minaur can go even further.

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Good morning all

G'day everyone and welcome to our special US Open live blog for Alex de Minaur's attempt at scoring a place in the US Open semi-finals this morning.

The rising No 21 seed takes on number two seed Dominic Thiem and it's the main game of the night session.

Right now Victoria Azarenka is facing off with Elise Mertens in the last of the women's quarter-finals.

Once they have finished their match, it will be game time for de Minaur.

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