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Nadal vs Thiem Prediction

September 4, 2018

Looking at Nadal vs Thiem Prediction, defending champion Rafael Nadal acknowledges that he must improve his underwhelming performances if he is to defeat Dominic Thiem in the US Open quarter-finals.

 

Nadal has struggled past Karen Khachanov and Nikoloz Basilashvili at Flushing Meadows, but the top seed faces a very different prospect against French Open finalist Thiem in the last eight.

 
While Nadal was able to celebrate a clean sweep of grand slam quarter-finals in 2018 on Sunday after edging past Basilashvili 6-3 6-3 6-7 (6-8) 6-4, he was under no illusions about the scale of the task ahead of him.

"I am in the second week already. That's a positive thing," the Spaniard told a news conference. "I have been in the quarter-finals in all grand slams. I hadn't done that since 2011, so that is a positive thing.

 

Thiem defeated last year's runner-up Kevin Anderson in the fourth round and won one of three meetings with Nadal on the 17-time major champion's favoured clay surface earlier this year.

 

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