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Rafael Nadal defeats Dominic Thiem in US Open quarter-final

05 September, 2018, 10:13 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Kevin Anderson outlasts Denis Shapovalov to reach US Open fourth round

South African Kevin Anderson's grand slam run came to an end as he lost 7-5 6-2 7-6 to Austria's Dominic Thiem in the round of 16 at the US Open, in NY, on Sunday.

World number one Nadal saw off a battling Nikoloz Basilashvili, the first Georgian in a fourth round in NY, 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-4.

"It s a big victory for me", said the 32-year-old Nadal, the champion in 2010, 2013 and 2017.

"A lot of credit to him".

Basilashvili is now ranked 37th, and held his own against the world number one on Sunday.

Having surivived two five-set thrillers to reach the fourth round, Wimbledon runner-up Anderson ran out of steam on Sunday and bowed out tamely.

Nadal trailed by a break in the third set before taking it.

World number one Nadal lost the opening set 6-0 after being outpowered by the Austrian ninth seed in NY. In a duel with the young Croat Coric from Boric del Potro had problems only in the first set, during which the only time in the game lost his serve. Nadal holds a 7 to 3 advantage, though Thiem did beat Nadal earlier this year at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Madrid.

Pliskova, the three-time WTA tour ace leader who briefly ascended to world number one previous year, has surprised Williams before at the US Open, beating her to reach her first Grand Slam final in 2016. The fourth was a wild 81-minute ride that began with Thiem facing break points, saw the Austrian threaten a double break before being pegged back and then a tired Nadal miss a chance to win the match. "It's a dream coming true". "Against Rafa, I've had three very nice experiences and seven awful", said Thiem who turns 25, Monday.


After needing four hours and 23 minutes to beat Khachanov, it means Nadal has spent more than seven-and-a-half hours on court in three days and could face a physical encounter against another heavy hitter in Thiem.

The opener looked to be heading for a tiebreak before Del Potro dispatched a backhand volley to earn himself two more break points in the 10th game.

"I'm very sorry for Dominic", Nadal told a rowdy crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Aug 31, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Kevin Anderson of South Africa reacts after missing a shot against Denis Shapovalov of Canada (not pictured) in the third round on day five of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. I have a very good relationship with him.

Thiem will next play either world number one Rafael Nadal, who beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in another pre-quarterfinal.

Anderson was hoping to earn a rematch with, who beat him a year ago in the final at Flushing Meadows. "I just hope to keep my level high against John in the next match". "That made things pretty tough".

Coric, 21, is playing in the fourth round at a Slam for the first time.

Isner was a quarter-finalist in 2011 while Ranoic has yet to make the last eight.

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