Rafael Nadal defeated Marin Cilic 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-2 at a conflict of the previous US Open champions to seal a quarter-final spot at Flushing Meadows.
The Spaniard dropped his first set of the championship against the 2014 champion, before rallying to shut a four-set success in emphatic fashion.
When given a moment violation he served midway through the next group, also was broken moments later because nadal was clearly irritated.
Cilic levelled the competition at one however, the seed recovered – dropping just three matches across the last two places to set up a showdown against Diego Schwartzman, that dumped out seed Alexander Zverev.
Nadal, watched his buddy Tiger Woods on Arthur Ashe Stadium, made a stunning around-the-net winner to deliver up match point and he made no mistake to clinch a place in his inaugural US Open quarter-final.
“It is an easy shot to describe, but difficult to create,” said Nadal. “I don’t know, I believe I followed the chunk good because he had a good volley and that I saw it.
“I ran quickly to the ball and I saw in the last minute there would maybe be a little space on that side.
“I think that it was the only way to win there. I hit it well, but to hit that spot you want some luck”
Nadal’s victory moves him closer into some US Open assembly contrary to his great rival Roger Federer. 40 occasions have clashed in an rivalry but they have never met at this competition.
Federer faces Grigor Dimitrov at the eight and he boasts a 100 per cent record against the Bulgarian.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic bowed out at the last 16 after falling from Stan Wawrinka while trailing by two places and because of this, Nadal and Federer are fancied to contest his or her Grand Slam on Sunday.