Dominic Thiem reveals game plan for US Open quarter-final

Kevin Anderson outlasts Denis Shapovalov to reach US Open fourth round

Rafael Nadal took the roundabout route again before defeating Nikoloz Basilashvili to set up a quarter-final clash with Dominic Thiem at the US Open.

"I have had three very nice experiences and seven frightful experiences", said Thiem, who has made the last-eight at a Slam other than Roland Garros for the first time. Shapovalov needed three break-point chances to finally break Anderson and send the match into a fifth set decider.

World number one Nadal saw off a battling Nikoloz Basilashvili, the first Georgian in a fourth round in NY, 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-4.

Anderson looks to make it back to his second straight US Open final as he will next face Dominic Thiem in the fourth round on Sunday.

John Isner reached the quarter-finals for the first time in seven years with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win over Canada's Milos Raonic and hailed the patriotic tournament atmosphere as a "jungle". John Isner or Milos Raonic would meet the victor of that match.

Nadal said: "Two matches in a row very tough ones".

The Austrian ninth seed was denied a place in the last eight 12 months ago by a remarkable comeback from Juan Martin del Potro but exorcised his demons in impressive fashion to win 7-5 6-2 7-6 (7/2). He chewed on his chain, noshed on multiple bananas on almost every break and tapped his feet against the hard court as he waited for play to resume. But I did today, so I just keep up my habits. At No. 32, Anderson was the lowest-ranked U.S. Open men's finalist since the ATP computer rankings began in 1973. He backed that up with a strong season, reaching the Wimbledon final and earning the No. 5 seed in this tournament.

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"It's disappointing. I wanted to be here right till the end and put myself in contention of winning my first major".

But Anderson couldn't get anything going in this matchup with Thiem, who won 41 of 45 points (91 percent) and never faced a break point. Thiem's only victory had come on clay, his best surface.

"First of all, I served really, really well".

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.

This will be their first meeting on hard courts after 10 matches on clay.

Giants collide when third-seeded del Potro - who claimed his lone Grand Slam title at the 2009 US Open - takes on Isner - the last American main remaining in the draw - for a semi-final berth. "John is a friend of mine and he deserves to be in the quarters as well", said DelPotro, who has not dropped a set so far in NY. "The physical issue was there of course, but I feel good".

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