Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

US Open: Nadal sets up quarterfinal vs Thiem with win over Basilashvili

US Open: Nadal sets up quarterfinal vs Thiem with win over Basilashvili

"Nobody's game really matches up well with his", added Thiem who made his first US Open quarter-final with an impressive 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (7/2) win over last year's runner-up Kevin Anderson, the fifth-seeded South African.

Nadal has battled through his last two matches to reach the fourth-round in NY.

After nearly three and a half hours, the three-time victor at Flushing Meadows belatedly came through 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4 ahead of an encounter with French Open finalist Thiem.

Thiem has been tested too, requiring nine combined sets to defeat unseeded Americans Taylor Fritz and Steve Johnson en route to the fourth round.

Thiem is the first Austrian in the last eight at the US Open since Thomas Muster in 1996. Happy for him that he's in quarter-finals here.

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Two days later Nadal, who played without any strapping on his right knee, needed another three hours 19 minutes to overcome Basilashvili.

"I'll need to play my best match of the tournament".

Nadal looked like he would cruise to an easy win over Basilashvili after pocketing the first two sets but the Georgian stepped up his game to take the third.

The world No. 9 was asked to reflect on his past successes over Nadal after his sterling victory against Kevin Anderson on Sunday, and he outlined his plans for beating the world No. 1.

Thiem opened his tournament in NY by thrashing Sofia champion Mirza Basic 6-3 6-1 6-4. The No. 5 seed had also reached the Wimbledon final this year. "It wasn't meant to be". This will be their first meeting on hard courts after 10 matches on clay.

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"It was one of my best matches ever", Thiem said.

But Anderson couldn't get anything going in this matchup with Thiem, who won 41 of 45 points (91 per cent) and never faced a break point. Sevastova has gone three sets in three of her first four matches, including a roller-coaster fourth-round victory over seventh-seeded Elina Svitolina. "I have to try and consolidate that good feeling I had on serve in the second set and I finished serving well as well". "So I didn't face one break point, and I didn't feel so much pressure on service games", said Thiem.

Tim first came in the quarter-finals of the US Open and has consolidated its position in the struggle for a place in the Final tournament. He said he has a good off-court relationship with his fellow clay-court maven and that Thiem deserves to be here after losing a heartbreaking match to Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round a year ago in which he held an early two-set advantage.

"He had some unbelievable passing shots‚ made me hit another ball‚" Anderson‚ the 2017 US Open finalist‚ said.

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