Nadal win sets up tricky quarter-final clash

US Open 2018: Rafael Nadal beats Nikoloz Basilashvili to reach quarter-finals

US Open 2018: Rafael Nadal beats Nikoloz Basilashvili to reach quarter-finals

It's a big victory for me because of what happened two days ago. I'm really looking forward to play him on hard court for the first time.

The world number one looked like he would cruise to an easy win after pocketing the first two sets but the Georgian stepped up his game to take the third. But the 24-year-old Austrian served almost perfectly and gave the 6-foot-8-inch South African little time to unleash his mammoth groundstrokes.

The Spanish star cruised into a two-set lead, seemingly fully recovered from the trauma of fighting back from a set and break down to Russian Federation s Karen Khachanov on Friday.

On Sunday, he responded to losing the third-set tiebreaker by breaking Basilashvili twice in the fourth set.

Rafael Nadal has reached the quarter-finals of all four slams for the first time since 2011.

Ninth seed Dominic Thiem continued his bid for a first Grand Slam title toppling last year's runner-up Kevin Anderson 7-5 6-2 7-6 (2) to reach the U.S. Open quarter-finals.

The Czech Republic's eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova defeated Aussie Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-4 to progress to the last eight for the third consecutive year.

Nadal leads their head-to-head 7-3 with all of their matches coming on clay courts.

Thiem will next face the victor of the match between defending champion Rafael Nadal and Nikoloz Basilashvili from Georgia.




Basilashvili thumped 56 winners compared to 30 for Nadal, but the Spaniard's greater consistency ultimately saw him through to face Thiem, the only man to beat him on clay for the last two years.

Kevin Anderson won't get a second shot at Rafael Nadal in the U.S. Open.

Anderson served and volleyed and came to net 48 times, trying to take advantage of Thiem's deep return position - the Austrian stood nearly next to the line judges.

"I was pretty close past year".

Thiem is widely expected to be Nadal's heir on clay but he does not feel that his game yet matches up to the world No 1.

On Sunday, he never faced a break point and hit 42 winners.

"Well, it was three very nice experiences and six terrible experiences", he said, forgetting (or perhaps he's blocked one out) that he has seven losses in the series.

Shapovalov is 19, making him the youngest player in the ATP top 100.

The Spaniard trademarked the strategy previous year during his title run - his third in NY - and Thiem, whose similar heavy-topspin, big-stroke game rivals the Spaniard's on clay, has copied the pattern this fortnight for his best US Open result yet. It worked out, so I thought why not on hard court? But Thiem won in straight sets, earlier this year, on the quick-moving clay in Madrid. He served big when he needed to, played unbelievably big.

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