Rafael Nadal defeated Marin Cilic 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-2 at a battle of the former US Open winners to secure a quarter-final spot at Flushing Meadows.
The Spaniard dropped his first set of the tournament against the 2014 winner, before rallying to shut a four-set success in fashion.
When given a moment breach because he served midway through the next group, also has been broken up moments later, nadal was clearly irritated.
The competition levelled at one however, the seed recovered – dropping just three matches to establish a quarter-final showdown against Diego Schwartzman, who dropped out seed Alexander Zverev.
Nadal made a gorgeous around-the-net winner to bring up match point and he made no mistake to clinch a spot in his eponymous US Open quarter-final.
“It is an easy shot to explain, but difficult to make,” said Nadal. “I don’t understand, I think I followed the ball great since he had a fantastic volley and that I watched it.
“I ran fast to the ball and that I saw in the last moment there would maybe be a little space on that side.
“I believe that it was the only method to win that point. I hit it well, but to hit that area you want some luck”
Nadal’s victory moves him closer to some US Open meeting from his great rival Roger Federer. The set have clashed 40 times in an iconic competition but they’ve never met at this particular competition.
Federer confronts Grigor Dimitrov in the eight and he boasts a 100 percent record against the Bulgarian.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic bowed out after retiring against Stan Wawrinka while trailing by two sets and because of this, Federer and Nadal are highly fancied to competition their 10th Grand Slam final on Sunday.