Kevin Anderson Crashes Out of U.S. Open

Virginia Santiago
September 5, 2018

Novak Djokovic produced his most impressive display of the tournament so far to defeat Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.

In Nadal's third-round match, he made contact with a return at 58 feet, two inches from the net.

The six-time US Open champion, who missed the tournament previous year and gave birth to her daughter during it, advanced to face 2016 finalist and No 8 seed Karolina Pliskova. "He was playing great, hitting the ball very, very strong", he said.

"He's a fantastic player", said Nadal. "Happy for him that he's in quarter-finals here", he said.

Rafael Nadal turned in another unconvincing display but defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili at the US Open to set up a quarterfinal meeting with Dominic Thiem.

The Austrian No 9 seed also stood 10 metres behind the baseline on Anderson's first serve throughout the match‚ negating the 2.03m South African's massive pace.

Shapovalov held serve for the remainder of the match, coming back from four match points in one game to hold.

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Anderson, who has reached the final at two of the last four Grand Slams, leads his fourth-round opponent Thiem 6-1 in their head-to-head but fell to the 24-year-old in May in the Madrid Masters semi-finals.

Nadal and Thiem have met ten times so far on Tour, and, remarkably, all have been contested on clay courts.

Having survived two five-set thrillers to reach the fourth round, Wimbledon runner-up Anderson ran out of steam and bowed out tamely.

"On clay, I think it's one of the biggest challenges in sports to beat this guy or to compete with this guy".

"I have had three very nice experiences and seven disgusting experiences", said Thiem, who has made the last-eight at a Slam other than Roland Garros for the first time.

The American fired 56 winners and 20 aces to down the former world number three in front of a rowdy and elated crowd of his compatriots inside the newly-built Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Basilashvili has had a strong showing in the tournament. "He played a great match".

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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).

Any tension inside a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium, however, was quickly eased as a ruthless Williams stormed through the opening set in 18 minutes for the loss of a measly six points.

He is 1-1 against Coric. "It gave me confidence".

But in the third set Basilashvili, who is ranked 37 and enjoying his best season, found the right balance, not going for broke too early and instead building the point and using the angles with his excellent two-handed backhand. "They have to go back to Argentina and work again after this tournament".

"I also played really safe from the baseline‚ which is also a big part of the performance today".

John Isner or Milos Raonic would meet the victor of that match.

"To win in straight sets in every round is good for the body and physical condition", said del Potro.

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