US Open Day 9 - four matches to watch

Nadal advances to face Thiem in U.S. Open quarterfinals

Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, serves to Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in NY.

But for all their history, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem have never played on hard court, and they've never played in NY.

"He's a very powerful player, and, yeah, he knows how to play these kinds of matches", Nadal said.

The six-time US Open champion, who missed the tournament past year and gave birth to her daughter during it, advanced to face 2016 finalist and No 8 seed Karolina Pliskova. "But against him, still, the most important is to put as many balls back into play as possible".

World No.1 Nadal saw off a battling Nikoloz Basilashvili, the first Georgian in a fourth round at the Flushing Meadows, 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4.

Rafael Nadal has faced off with Dominic Thiem on 10 previous occasions but on Tuesday, the pair will meet on hard courts for the first time, with a place in the US Open semi-finals on the line.

Del Potro - the 2009 victor of the men's singles at Flushing Meadows - breezed past Borna Coric in the final match of the day.

Meanwhile, top seed Rafael Nadal set up an intriguing U.S. Open quarter-final showdown with Dominic Thiem after snuffing out a comeback attempt by Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili with a 6-3 6-3 6-7 (6) 6-4 win in NY.

Shapovalov played his usual aggressive game‚ hitting an incredible 59 winners against 42 unforced errors. "You guys were on my side so it was great".

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"Why not me? Let's keep going", said Isner after firing 56 winners past Raonic and 20 aces taking his ace count to a tournament-leading 112.

Djokovic moves through to a fourth-round contest against Joao Sousa as a prospective quarter-final with Federer moves ever closer.

"That was an fantastic match", the 32-year-old said.

The ninth-seeded Austrian s three other appearances in the last-eight of a Slam have all been on the clay of Roland Garros in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He had already spent almost 10 hours on-court, battling cramps and beating America's Ryan Harrison in five sets during his opener, and on Friday, playing another three hours and 43 minutes against No 28 seeded Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

Third seed Juan Martin del Potro crushed Croatia's Borna Coric 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 at the US Open on Sunday to set up a quarter-final clash with American John Isner.

'Well, I think nobody's game really matches up well with his, ' he added.

Serena, seeded 17th, routed Venus 6-1, 6-2 in matching the most-lopsided victory in the Williams sisters' series. John Isner or Milos Raonic would meet the victor of that match.

"He has a big serve and I will try to return his serves if I can".

"I just feel like I belong out there this year".



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