WATCH: Rafael Nadal produces stunning winner as he blasts his way into US Open last eight
Rafael Nadal produced some stunning tennis to beat Marin Cilic in the last 16 of the US Open, including one shot around the net that has to be seen to be believed.
The opening two sets were a tightly fought affair, with Cilic rolling back the years to when he was a US Open champion to take a set off the world number two.
However, Nadal promptly kicked it up a gear, and dominated the Croatian in the remaining two sets with a simply astonishing display, including the below winner that gave him match-point.
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“I hit it well, but to hit that ball, you need some luck,” Nadal said of the shot.
Nadal eventually came out of the match a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 winner, and he is now looking the overwhelming favourite for the title after Novak Djokovic’s elimination.
“The emotions I have when I play here are impossible to describe,” Nadal added.
“I love the sport and feel very lucky to still be playing tennis here. Eight years ago I didn’t think that would happen as my body was suffering badly.
Nadal will now face Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-finals after the diminutive Argentine downed Alexander Zverev.
It’s a match Nadal is certainly looking forward to.
“He is playing amazing, nothing new, he’s one of the players with best talent on tour,” he said of Schwartzman.
“It will be a big challenge. I have to play my best. I’m happy for him. He’s a close friend and I hope to play a great match.”
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