Roll of honour inspiring Ruud run
The men’s draw is guaranteed to have three first-time major semi-finalists, as well as Casper Ruud.
The Roland-Garros finalist will take on the force of Khachanov for a spot in a second major final and for the chance to take over the No.1 ranking.
The Norwegian was flawless to lead Matteo Berrettini 6-1, 5-1, before completing a statement 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(4) passage past the Italian powerhouse.
“That was a better start than I've ever had before in a match. Everything was going my way, I was hitting my spots, and taking advantage of the chances I got,” said the world No.7. “I got nervous at the end of the second set, things were just going too well. When that happens, you get too excited, and start thinking you can walk on water, so I had to calm down a bit.”
The 23-year-old certainly did and is taking extra inspiration from the US Open roll of honour.
“When you look at the Champions Wall in the locker room here, you see there are many different players who have won this tournament. This is a Grand Slam the last 18 or 19 years that had more winners than the rest of them,” explained the Norwegian talisman.
“I'm not sure why, but there is something special I guess with this place. It's sort of a city of dreams and I guess that's helping me with my game and my motivation.”