Rafael Nadal defeated Marin Cilic 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-2 at a battle of the former US Open winners to secure a quarter-final place at Flushing Meadows.
The Spaniard dropped his first set of the tournament against the 2014 winner, before rallying to shut out a four-set victory in emphatic style.
Nadal was irritated when given a time violation because he served midway through the group, and had been broken moments later.
The competition levelled at one however, the seed recovered – dropping just three games across the last two places to prepare a showdown from Diego Schwartzman, that dumped undercover seed Alexander Zverev out.
Nadal, watched on by his buddy Tiger Woods on Arthur Ashe Stadium, made a stunning winner that was around-the-net to bring up game point and he made no mistake to clinch a spot in his US Open quarter-final.
“It is a simple shot to describe, but hard to make,” said Nadal. “I really don’t understand, I think I followed the chunk good since he had a fantastic volley and I watched it.
“I ran quickly to the ball and now I saw at the last minute there would maybe be a little space on that side.
“I believe that it was the only way to win there. I hit it well, yet to reach that spot you will need some luck”
Nadal’s victory moves him closer to a maiden US Open assembly contrary to his great rival Roger Federer. They’ve never met at this particular competition, although 40 times have clashed in an competition spanning 15 decades.
Federer faces Grigor Dimitrov in the eight and he also boasts a 100 percent record from the Bulgarian.
While trailing by two places and because of this, Federer and Nadal are fancied to competition his or her Grand Slam on Sunday after retiring against Stan Wawrinka defending champion Novak Djokovic bowed out in the last 16.
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