Excitement abounds on and off the court at this year’s US Open, where fans enjoyed an all-American women’s semifinal round on Thursday evening for the first time in 36 years. Advancing to the finals are Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens, who becomes just the fourth unseeded woman in US Open history to reach the finals. The two will compete on Saturday for a record $3.7 million prize, part of the Open’s $50 million purse, the tournament’s highest ever payout. Rafa is racing toward his sixteenth Grand Slam singles title on the men’s side, where fan-favorite Juan Martín del Potro stands in his way in Friday night’s semi. Delpo, fresh from upsetting Roger Federer in Wednesday’s quarter-final match, will look to topple both Federer and Nadal in the same tournament for the first time since the 2009 US Open, where he won his first and only Grand Slam title.
But there are also big things happening behind the scenes at the Open this year, and BGR was invited by IBM earlier this week to take a peek behind the curtain.
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