It will come as cold comfort to Kevin Anderson that his vanquisher Dominic Thiem played one his "best matches ever", to knock him out of this year's US Open, denying him another crack at Rafael Nadal in NY.
Nadal won, 6-3, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4, in three hours and 20 minutes.
Following his victory yesterday, Spaniard Nadal, who will face Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals, said: "I've had tough matches in a row".
Both players suffered in the humid conditions under the floodlights at Arthur Ashe Stadium, but Del Potro fed off the energy of the crowd, including a group of his friends who have travelled from his hometown Tandil to cheer him on.
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"Against Rafa, I've had three very nice experiences and seven frightful experiences", said 24-year-old Thiem. I could go very far back like I do on clay usually.
"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.
"He's a fantastic player", Nadal said of the Austrian.
Basilashvili claimed pre-match that he was playing his best tennis and he showed flashes early on, keeping his esteemed opponent at bay in one thrilling rally that brought him to the net.
"I also played really safe from the baseline, which is also a big part of the performance today".
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Thiem also remains the only member of the top 10 that Nadal has never tackled on a hard court.
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. Thiem, meanwhile, has finally found some form after a post-clay court season malaise.
Thiem was 4-2 ahead in the fourth set before he was again reeled in and he was two points from defeat in the 12th game. Thereafter he was engaged in a thrilling five-set win over one of the sport's rising stars Denis Shapovalov. "I would like to keep them singing". But Nadal is more vulnerable in NY than he is at Roland Garros: At the French Open, he has an 86-2 career record and 11 titles.
The 11th seeded American needed five sets to get past Milos Raonic in a battle of the big servers, Isner eventually winning 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
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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