US Open 2018, Day 7: Match Points

US Open 2018, Day 7: Match Points

Nadal eventually fought off the young Russian over four sets in almost four-and-a-half hours to continue the defence of his title.

The world No 1 had strapping on his knee as he fought off a mighty challenge from 22 year-old Russian Karen Khachanov, who again looks a potential Major champion.

The man he beat in last year's final at Flushing Meadows, No. 5 Kevin Anderson, got through his own tough test against an up-and-coming opponent, edging No. 28 Denis Shapovalov 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

The Georgian won just one game in a three-set loss to Nadal in their only previous meeting at Roland Garros past year.

He lost the first set 7-5 and came under serious threat of losing the second but evened the score after a pause in play to close the roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium because of light rain.

After four (long, scorching, sweaty) days full of heat breaks, puke buckets or clothing controversies, tennis fans were treated to an absolute thriller of a match at the US Open on Friday - without any of the frill or extenuating circumstances. Then he was two points away from dropping the third set.

"I really see him winning a lot of matches in his career", said Nadal.

He served for two sets to love lead in the 10th game of the second set and had set point in the fourth-set tiebreaker.

He was quickly down 3-1 in the second set before battling back to 4-4.

"I just had to stay in it and I did that very well", added the 25-year-old, who added an apology to coach Kamau Murray for upping the anxiety level. Her stellar tennis (and her celebration after) got a standing ovation from the crowd. But Khachanov put a forehand in the net there, and after a thrilling point that featured a drop shot, a lob, a leaping tweener by Khachanov and a volley victor by Nadal, they headed to another tiebreaker.

Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro celebrates winning the second set against Spain's Fernando Verdasco during their 2018 US Open men's round 3 match August 31, 2018 in NY.

Big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic halted former champion Stan Wawrinka's charge in NY, beating the Swiss wildcard 7-6 (6) 6-4 6-3 to book his berth in the last 16.

She has entered this year's US Open as the third seed and with Halep and Caroline Wozniacki stunned early on at Flushing Meadows, the world No 3 is now the highest ranked player left in the tournament.

The match ebbed and flowed throughout as it became one of the matches of the tournament so far.

Raonic will face No. 11 seed John Isner in the fourth round. The other matches I didn't.

Victory for the 32-year-old Nadal put him into the last 16 in NY for the 10th time and on course to add to his 2010, 2013 and 2017 titles.

Anderson, the fifth seed and runner-up to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon, next faces ninth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem, who didn't have the luxury of a roof in a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over American Taylor Fritz on Grandstand.



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