Rafael Nadal defeated Marin Cilic 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-2 in a conflict of the former US Open champions to seal a quarter-final place at Flushing Meadows.
The Spaniard dropped his first set of the championship against the 2014 winner, before agreeing to close out a four-set victory in emphatic fashion.
When given a moment breach he served through the group, and was broken moments later as nadal was clearly irritated.
Cilic levelled the contest at one set apiece, but the second seed recovered beautifully – dropping three games to prepare a quarter-final showdown from Diego Schwartzman, who dumped out seed Alexander Zverev.
Nadal, watched on by his friend Tiger Woods on Arthur Ashe Stadium, produced a stunning winner to bring up game point and he made no mistake to clinch a spot in his US Open quarter-final.
“It is a simple chance to describe, but hard to make,” said Nadal. “I don’t know, I believe I followed the ball great because he had a good volley and that I saw it.
“I ran fast to the ball and I saw in the last minute there would maybe be a small space on that side.
“I think that it was the only method to win there. I hit it well, but to reach that area you want some luck.”
Nadal’s victory moves him closer into some US Open assembly from his great rival Roger Federer. The set have clashed 40 occasions in an competition but they’ve never met at this competition.
Federer faces Grigor Dimitrov in the previous eight and he boasts a 100 per cent record from the Bulgarian.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic bowed out after retiring against Stan Wawrinka while trailing by two places and consequently, Nadal and Federer are fancied to competition their 10th Grand Slam final on Sunday.