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Osaka, Nadal headline Day Eight at US Open

Osaka, Nadal headline Day Eight at US Open”

With Tiger Woods throwing uppercuts in the stands, Nadal shook off dropping a set and powered past 2014 champion Marin Cilic 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the fourth round.

As it turned out, Marin needed more than that to stay in touch, losing serve six times and not being able to match the rival's pace in sets three and four, ending his run in the fourth round.

Well, here's how: Goerges served for the victory at 5-4 in the second set, coming within one point of ending things right there.

The second-seeded, three-time U.S. Open champion, will next face 20th-seeded Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals. "It's about going match by match for me". The lanky German lost his serve eight times, won just 32 percent of second-serve points and amassed 65 unforced errors.

If that wasn't the shot of the match Monday, then surely this was, a couple of points later: a crosscourt backhand passing victor off an overhead by his opponent, 2014 champion Marin Cilic, good enough to earn a yell and four fist-pumps from Nadal - along with an uppercut from Tiger Woods in the Arthur Ashe Stadium stands.

Osaka, who brought 15-year-old American Coco Gauff's NY run to an end in the third round, will kick off the day session inside Arthur Ashe Stadium when she faces Swiss 13th seed Belinda Bencic.

Matteo Berrettini overpowered Andrey Rublev 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (6) to become the first Italian man in the U.S. Open quarterfinals since 1977. It's a different mindset for me now."Gael Monfils, the No. 13 seed, takes on Spaniard Pablo Andujar in a battle of veterans on Tour". I'm trying to play a bit more aggressive.

Nadal will have his work cut out when he meets big-serving Cilic on Monday, who defeated Isner 7-5 3-6 7-6 (6) 6-4.

Osaka made her breakthrough at Flushing Meadows a year ago, winning her first major championship by beating Serena Williams in a chaotic final that devolved after Williams got into an extended argument with the chair umpire.

But a few outer courts are now opened and hosting play, including the Grandstand where Coco Gauff and Caty McNally were scheduled to play their third-round doubles match.

Vekic, a 23-year-old from Croatia, reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal by saving a match point and edging No. 26 Julia Goerges of Germany 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-3. Taylor Townsend and Kristie Ahn of the US hope to extend their longest runs in Grand Slam tournaments.



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