first_img Reuters New YorkSeptember 1, 2019UPDATED: September 1, 2019 07:50 IST US Open 2019: Rafael Nadal will face a tough R16 test against Marin Cilic (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNadal came up with a spotless display in his 3rd-round winNadal will take on former champion Marin Cilic in the pre-quarterfinalsMarin Cilic defeated Isner 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 in their 3rd-round matchRafael Nadal cruised into the US Open fourth round with a business-like 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Chung Hyeon on Saturday.The three-times champion took control of the match when he broke the South Korean’s serve in the first set to grab a 4-2 lead and never looked back on a sunsoaked Arthur Ashe Stadium court.Next up for Nadal is a last 16-clash with 2014 champion Marin Cilic, who came out on top in his slugfest with John Isner on the Grandstand court.Nadal had been on court for just over two hours prior to his third round match after defeating John Millman in straight sets on Tuesday before getting a walkover into the third round when Thanasi Kokkinakis withdrew.The second seeded Spaniard, who has been hampered by troublesome knees throughout his career, did not wear his usual tape on his legs during the match.”Tape is not working anymore,” he said with a smile during his on-court interview.”I am happy to be playing on hardcourts and I am trying to play a little more aggressive.Nadal will have his work cut out when he meets big-serving Cilic on Monday, who defeated Isner 7-5 3-6 7-6(6) 6-4.Nadal expecting a ‘tough one’ against CilicNadal said the key was to toppling an opponent like Cilic was holding serve and making the most of his opportunities when receiving.”Chances are not a lot, so you need to be ready to expect a very tough one,” he told reporters.”I need to be focused with my serve, as always. I need to be ready to accept the challenge that brings the competition in days like these ones.advertisement”And I hope to be ready to play my highest level, because that’s what I am going to need.”Also Read | US Open: Daniil Medvedev encourages fans to boo, and they respondAlso Read | US Open: Novak Djokovic thanks fan for motivation after training session confrontationAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow US OpenFollow Rafael NadalFollow Marin CilicFollow Tennis US Open 2019: Rafael Nadal eases into 4th round, to face Marin CilicUS Open: Second seed Rafael Nadal came up with a spotless display of tennis as he demolished South Korea’s Hyeon Chung 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the third round on Saturday. advertisement Nextlast_img

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