The life of the number one in the world was not easy this Friday. When he entered the court for the third round of the United States Open, Rafael Nadal found it very difficult for the young man and warrior Karen Khachanov, number 26 of the rankings, and needed 4h25 to defeat the Russian, with 3 sets to 1, with partial 5/7, 7/5, 7/6 (9-7) and 7/6 (7-3).
With the result, the Spaniard remains alive in the defense of his title and in the search for the four-time champion. In addition, he needs two more victories to reach the semi-finals and stay at the top of the rankings. For Tanato his opponent is in the last 16 Nikoloz Basilashvili, against whom he has only one game and one victory.
The game started in a hectic schedule, with chances to break for Nadal in the second game. The Spaniard, however, wasted the odds, unlike Khachanov in the next game, the first stoppage of the game. The game was intense among the players and in the eighth game it was the turn of the Russian to give up their service and see the world number one the same in Arthur Ashe Stadium. In the eleventh match, however, Khachanov returned to break Toro Miúra's goal and needed four sets to make the set.
The second set followed the same script and was busy and exciting from the start. Nadal returned to give up his service in the second game and tied the game again in the eighth. But this time the result would be different. From the eighth game there were three breaks in a row, two against the young Russian, who confirmed nothing of their service and still had a new break, after the Spaniard had finished fifteen minutes after 1:16 and everything in Flushing Meadows was right .
The third set was equally balanced, but this time without serving breaks for both parties. In the tie-break there were five mini-breaks, three against Khachanov, who still saved five set-points, but could not beat the Spaniard, who passed the first ditch and for the first time.
The fourth set seemed to go after the number one in the world had broken Russia's servering early in the third game and was not pressurized, at least until the tenth game. Taking over the game, Nadal gave up his service from scratch and saw Khachanov tie the game, still a break and set-point, defended by Nadal, and force the tie-break.
In the fourth set, the Russian did not count and gave up two minipause, allowing Toro Miúra to open 6-1 and reach a run in the last 16. Khachanov confirmed his next two runs, but Nadal reached for the game and this one. times did not waste, blessed victory.
Thiem wins and tackles Kevin Anderson
Dominic Thiem needed 3:05 to beat home athlete Taylor Harry Fritz in the third round of the US Open. The Austrian came out on the scoreboard but sought the result and won with 3 sets to 1, with a 3/6, 6/3, 7/6 (7-5) and 6/4 split.
With the result, the number nine meets the South African, Kevin Anderson, who turned Denis Shapovalov on Friday with 3 sets against 2, with a 4/6, 6/3, 6/4 split, 4/6 and 6 / 4, after 3h47 of confrontation.