Nadal reaches US Open quarterfinals, will face Thiem

Updated: 2018-09-03 16:57
Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return during the men's singles fourth round match against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia at the 2018 US Open in New York, the United States, Sept 2, 2018. Nadal won 3-1. [Photo/Xinhua]

NEW YORK - Rafael Nadal is back in the US Open quarterfinals, where he won't face a rematch of the 2017 final.

Instead, it's a rematch of this year's French Open final.

Nadal beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-4 on Sunday at Flushing Meadows. Next up is No. 9 seed Dominic Thiem.

Thiem beat Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (2), denying the fifth-seeded South African a second shot at Nadal.

Nadal beat Anderson last year for his third US Open title.

The top-ranked Spaniard captured his 11th title in Paris by beating Thiem in straight sets in June. That was part of what's now a 26-1 run since Thiem beat him in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open in May.

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