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

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

Nadal won the US Open men's singles title in 2010, 2013 and 2017
bbc.comDefending champion Rafael Nadal's progress into the US Open quarter-finals was far from smooth as he needed four sets to beat unseeded Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.The 32-year-old Spaniard led by two sets to love before Basilashvili, ranked 37th in the world, recovered to take a third-set tie-break.But the top seed broke twice as Basilashvili faded physically in the fourth to win 6-3 6-3 6-7 (6-8) 6-4.
He faces ninth seed Dominic Thiem next.Austria's Thiem knocked out South African fifth seed Kevin Anderson - the man who lost in the Flushing Meadows final to Nadal last year - in three sets earlier on Sunday.For Thiem, Tuesday's quarter-final offers a chance to avenge his defeat by Nadal in his first Grand Slam final at June's French Open.
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