By Chineze Ogugua
Defending champion Rafael Nadal progressed into the US Open quarter-finals defeating unseeded Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili in four sets.
The 32-year-old Spaniard went two sets ahead before Basilashvili equalized to take the match to a tie-breaker. He however, took the last set to win 6-3 6-3 6-7 (6-8) 6-4.
He next faces ninth seed Dominic Thiem whom he defeated at the French Open final in June. Thiem defeated South African Kevin Anderson in three sets to progress to the next round.
In the women category,Serena Williams who is aiming for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title dispatched Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi 6-0 4-6 6-3 yesterday evening to reach the quarter-final.
The 36-year-old American will next face KarolínaPlíšková of Czech Republic for a place in the semi-final.
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