Nadal Fights Back Georgian Tennis Star in US Open

Nadal Fights Back Georgian Tennis Star in US Open

Anderson was hoping to earn a rematch with Nadal, who beat him previous year in the South African's first Grand Slam final.

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. He came within two points of victory late in the fourth set before being pushed to a fifth, where he was two points from a loss.

When asked if he suffered during the match, Nadal said: "That's the right word".

"For me, it was a very tough start", Nadal said.

Isner next meets either Croatian Borna Coric or third seed Juan Martin del Potro, who play their fourth round match later on Sunday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Now Thiem will try to beat Nadal for the fourth time, saying of their previous matches: "It was three very nice experiences and six frightful experiences". I told him I was sorry and that he is good, he is a fighter. "It was very painful‚" Thiem said.

"But I'm really looking forward to play him on hard court for the first time".

"I also played really safe from the baseline, which is also a big part of the performance today".

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.

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Third-seeded Del Potro made the last eight for the sixth time.

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

The Spaniard saved a break point in games nine and 11 but he stood no chance in the tie break, losing it 7-4 following a routine forehand that he sent into the net, handing the set to his rival and setting up a decider after more than three and a half hours of fantastic battle!

The French Open runner-up responded well to the setback to get his nose in front in the third, but again faltered at the crucial moment as he was broken when serving for the set before losing three games in a row to find himself 2-1 behind.

Canada's Milos Raonic celebrates a point against Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka during their 2018 US Open men's match August 31, 2018 in NY. "The score is quite embarrassing, but I have to accept it", Basilashvili said after that match, "also it gives me a lot of motivation for the future to keep working hard".

Thiem will next play world number one Rafael Nadal, who beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in the fourth round. I'm able to compete with anyone out there, as I showed today.

Next up for Del Potro is 11th seed Isner, who won his second five-setter of the tournament to see off Canada's Milos Raonic earlier in the day.

Dominic fends off a couple of break points in game six to remain in front but he wasted a game point at 4-3 to lose serve after a big backhand error, letting Rafa level the score at 4-4.

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