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No. 1 Nadal crushes Dolgopolov, returns to US Open quarters

No. 1 Nadal crushes Dolgopolov, returns to US Open quarters”

Nadal, the 2010 and 2013 champion in NY, showed no signs of the struggles that bedeviled him in the two previous rounds, when he dropped the opening set before prevailing in four.

Juan Martin del Potro saved two match points and erased a two-set deficit to come all the way back to beat No. 6-seeded Dominic Thiem 1-6, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4 and reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

"It's something a little bit odd that we never played here, because we played a lot of times in all the important events around the world", Nadal said in an interview on the court.

Former champion Juan Martin del Potro, the No. 24 seed, faced sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem, with the victor getting Federer if the five-time champion can improve his 31-1 record in night matches at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

But the 25-year-old world number one fired 23 winners on Sunday while the outclassed Brady, the 91st-ranked player, managed just six in her quickfire demolition. Then he trailed by a big margin in the fourth set, even facing two match points.

The 20th-seeded Vandeweghe matched her best result in a Grand Slam tournament, having also reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in January before falling to Venus Williams.

The USTA says it will match donations encouraged from spectators at the U.S. Open by Connors, who is raising money at the tournament site by signing autographs and posing for photos with fans. She will be replaced on Monday by Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, who lost in the fourth round.

Nadal kept up his end of the bargain with a straight sets win over Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov earlier on Monday.

The Russian Rublev entered the top 50 for first time in late July.

While 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov was becoming the darling of this year's U.S. Open, playing on Arthur Ashe Stadium to adoring crowds, it is the hardworking Rublev who is the last teenager standing.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer play their fourth-round matches, and another former champion is in action in a match where he considers himself the underdog.

No. 1 Nadal crushes Dolgopolov, returns to US Open quarters

He broke serve six times and needed just 1 hour, 41 minutes to finish off his unseeded opponent and set up a matchup against either No. 9 seed David Goffin or unseeded Andrey Rublev.

Rafael Nadal is a set away from the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

Though Dolgopolov is unseeded, he had won two of the last three meetings with Nadal.

Federer is a combined 44-0 against the first four men he's played, and he is 16-5 against del Potro.

Nine years after winning the U.S. Open junior title, she finally got past a major quarterfinal in Australia, then needed only eight months to do it again.

Facing Goffin for the first time, Rublev broke open a tight opening set, breaking the Belgian at 6-5.

Karolina Pliskova maintained her hopes of claiming a maiden Grand Slam title with an emphatic dismissal of Jennifer Brady.

The second match of the day at Arthur Ashe Stadium started perhaps a little earlier than expected, thanks to the ease of Pliskova's victory. "I really wanted to get the chance that I got after that match point". She dropped the first set and had to fight off a match point in the second before rallying to beat No. 27 Zhang Shuai 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. "Definitely, that match helped me to go through tough moments and this match I was much better". The top-seeded Nadal faces Alexandr Dolgopolov on Monday afternoon.

In the fifth set, del Potro closed things on his second match point, when Thiem double-faulted.

The 32-year-old Kanepi, a former world No 15 whose career was nearly ended by illness and a crippling injury to both feet, will face either fourth seed Elina Svitolina or Madison Keys for a place in the semi-finals.

Vandeweghe echoed Williams' comments from after her quarterfinal victory, thinking back to the last generation of American women that, along with Venus and Serena Williams, included Lindsay Davenport and Jennifer Capriati.



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