Thiem overpowers Anderson for rematch with Nadal

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Austrian ninth seed Dominic Thiem reached his first US Open quarter-final on Sunday with a 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (7/2) win over 2017 runner-up Kevin Anderson.

Thiem, the runner-up to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros in June, will most likely face the world number one as the defending champion is cruising to a third set victory against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili in his last-16 clash.

Thiem will be playing in his fourth Slam quarter-final but first outside of the French Open where he was a semi-finalist in 2016 and 2017 before this year’s run to the championship match.

His progress to the last-eight in New York comes despite choosing to play European clay court events after Wimbledon before then losing his only summer hard court outing in Cincinnati to Stefanos Tsitsipas.

credit: NAN

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