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Nadal advances, Osaka crashes out of US Open

Three-time champion Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals while Naomi Osaka of Japan ended her title defence at the ongoing US Open.

In men”s singles event, Nadal battled past 2014 titlist Marin Cilic 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 on Monday night to reach the last eight at the Flushing Meadows for the ninth time.

“It”s easy to describe, but difficult to make. I don”t know, I think I followed the ball good because he had a good volley and I saw it, I ran fast to the ball and I saw at the last moment there maybe be a small space on that side,” the ATP Tour website quoted Nadal as saying on court after the match. “I think it was the only way to win that point. I hit it well, but to hit that spot you need some luck.”

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