Dominic Thiem reveals game plan for US Open quarter-final

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

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

Like Nadal - who won in four sets - Anderson survived a scare, this one against 19-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory on Friday night to reach the fourth round in 3 hours, 43 minutes.

Thiem, who reached this year's French Open final where he lost to world No 1 Rafael Nadal, said the Louis Armstrong court was nearly like a clay court. "I could go very far back like I do on clay, usually", Thiem said. While Shapovalov had almost twice the amount of winners (59 to Anderson's 31), he had 10 more unforced errors (42 to 32) which played into his inability to break Anderson's serve.

But Basilashvili stunned Nadal in the third set tiebreak and even retrieved a break for 3-3 in the fourth before Nadal s greater composure paid off.

Third-seeded del Potro made the last-eight for the sixth time against Croatian 20th seed Coric who was playing in his maiden last 16 of a Slam.

Thiem has won three of his 10 meetings with Nadal, all of those contests taking place on clay, but rejected the idea his game "matches up well" with the world number one.

Williams and Kanepi meet in a fourth-round match Sunday, when defending U.S. Open champions and Sloane Stephens also are in action.

Nadal was tested in his last two rounds, edging past Karen Khachanov in four close sets in round three, before dropping a set to Basilashvili on Sunday.

Nadal beat Anderson previous year for his third US Open title.

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

"It was three very nice experiences and six terrible experiences", Thiem said.

"On clay, I think it's one of the biggest challenges in sports to beat this guy".

"But I think it's advantage for the better players, the best-of-five format, because it also relieves a bit of pressure to play well, because you can allow a little bit more mistakes than you do in a normal tournament, which is best of three".

Isner had the crowd behind him on every point, and the 6-foot-11 American pumped his fist on every victor.

Just as quickly as the momentum had swung to Kanepi in the second set it returned to Williams in the third as normal service resumed with the 36-year-old American breaking her opponent at the first opportunity and jumping out to a 3-0 lead before cruising into the last eight.

"There were a lots of ups and downs in the match. The atmosphere was like a jungle", said Isner of the crowd on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium enjoying a raucous Labor Day weekend.

"To win in straight sets in every round is good for the body and physical condition", said del Potro.

"I'm very happy to be through. Let s keep going". But Thiem, on his first match point, chased down an Anderson volley for a backhand slice victor, his 41st of the day.

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