Defending champion Andy Murray crashed out of the US Open on Thursday as Stanislas Wawrinka pulled a shocker to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final, a matchup with world number one Novak Djokovic.
Swiss ninth seed Wawrinka stunned the Olympic and Wimbledon champion 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, to book a last-four date with Djokovic, the 2011 winner from Serbia who ousted Russian 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0.
"I feel great. I'm really happy. It's amazing for me to be in my first semi-final in a Slam," Wawrinka said. "To beat him in three sets the way I was playing is good."
For only the second time in 146 Grand Slam matches, Murray failed to manage even one break point.
Paes-Stephanek deny Byran brothers Grand Slam
Leander Paes has eased past the milestone of his 40th birthday, made a car wreck of a Bollywood movie and overcome brain surgery, but nothing beats his 20-year love affair with New York.
The Indian star reached the US Open men's doubles final with his partner Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic on Thursday with a smooth display matched only by his exuberance at his post-match news conference.
This is Paes' 20th year as a professional at the US Open, a tournament where he had already been a junior champion in 1990 and where he learned to grow up faster than other boys his age.
It was a process encouraged by his father Vece, a 1972 Olympic Games bronze medalist with the Indian hockey team.