Great Britain will have a representative in the US Open men's doubles final for the first time in 43 years after Jamie Murray and partner John Peers beat Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey in three sets on 10 September. A British winner is not guaranteed, though, after Dom Inglot and Robert Lindstedt were knocked out by Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.
Not since Roger Taylor partnered Cliff Drysdale to victory over Owen Davidson and John Newcombe in 1972 has anyone from these shores reached the last two in New York, and that lengthy wait almost continued as Murray and Australian Peers took the first set 6-4 but lost the second on a tiebreak. The duo, beaten finalists at Wimbledon in July, were also forced to save a match point late on before recovering well to seal a nervy win.
"Yeah, my nerves are shot," Murray, whose brother Andy was knocked out of the singles at the fourth round stage by Kevin Anderson earlier in September, told Sky Sports after the match. "We're so happy to win and get to the final. I think we played a really high-level match - the guys came back really strong, they were serving very well. There weren't too many chances in the match and somehow we managed to turn it round at the end from 5-2 down and we're pumped to be in the final."
The earlier contest involving Davis Cup teammate Inglot was delayed due to persistent downpours. When he and Linstedt did finally take the court, they were soundly beaten by their French opponents 7-5, 6-2 in one hour and 24 minutes.
After that defeat, the two-time Australian Open quarter-finalist bemoaned his performance but was full of praise for Herbert and Mahut. "Not the result I hoped for," he tweeted. "Shame I wasn't able to bring my best to court but a lot of that was down to @nmahut & @p2hugz who played great!" The final is scheduled to take place on 12 September.
As for the women's singles semi-finals, both matches had to be rescheduled due to the relentlessly poor weather conditions. Serena Williams, looking to complete a calendar grand slam, will face Roberta Vinci at Arthur Ashe Stadium immediately after the conclusion of second seed Simona Halep's tie against Flavia Pennetta at 4pm BST. The men's singles will follow in the evening as Roger Federer battles fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka and defending champion Marin Cilic meets Novak Djokovic.