Nadal, Del Potro, Serena into last-eight

Nadal, Del Potro, Serena into last-eight

Nadal, Del Potro, Serena into last-eight

Nadal will now face third seed Juan Martin del Potro, who defeated John Isner, in a repeat of last year's semi-final.

Following his victory yesterday, Spaniard Nadal, who will face Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals, said: "I've had tough matches in a row".

Isner, 33, who will become a father for the first time in two weeks, said he will not fear del Potro even though he has lost to the Argentine star seven times in 11 meetings. "It was a great battle". "For me it was a tough start".

"Dominic is a fantastic player".

"Well, it was three very nice experiences and six terrible experiences", he said, forgetting (or perhaps he's blocked one out) that he has seven losses in the series. "He's a close friend on tour, a great guy and I wish him the very best".

"I grew up on the clay, so I think it's natural that I feel most comfortable on this surface, but I like the hard court", Thiem said. "Happy for him that he's in quarter-finals here", he said.

The disappointment of failing to create a first match point seemed to weigh on him in the tiebreak and he played it dreadfully, showing rare confusion in going 0-3 down and then losing it 7-4.

It was only the fourth time in his long grand slam history that Nadal had lost a set 6-0 and just the third time at any level in almost seven years. Dominic had 13 winners and just two unforced error and it was impossible for Nadal to keep that pace, losing serve at 15 in the opening game of the match after a forehand victor from Thiem.

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

Thiem also remains the only member of the top 10 that Nadal has never tackled on a hard court.

The Spanish star cruised into a two-set lead, seemingly fully recovered from the trauma of fighting back from a set and break down to Russian Federation s Karen Khachanov on Friday.

Isner endured a five-set bout in the second round of the tournament and a three hour and 26-minute blockbuster in the third, but the eleventh seed showed few signs of fatigue. They'll try it for the first time in the U.S. Open quarterfinals at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Tuesday and see how it goes. He also needed a fifth set against American Ryan Harrison in round one at the US Open earlier in the week. He was agonizingly close to getting there previous year at the U.S. Open, leading by two sets against Juan Martin del Potro in the round of 16 before the 2009 champion roared back to win.

The ninth-seeded Thiem won in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (7/2) in two hours and 36 minutes.

Shapovalov played his usual aggressive game‚ hitting an incredible 59 winners against 42 unforced errors.

Rafa finally started to play with more aggression in set number three, saving a break point at 2-2 before wasting two game points in game seven and allowing Thiem to break him with a return victor.

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