Rafael Nadal defeated Marin Cilic 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-2 at a battle of the previous US Open winners to secure a quarter-final spot at Flushing Meadows.
The Spaniard dropped his first set of the championship against the 2014 champion, before rallying to close out a four-set victory in emphatic style.
When given a moment breach as he served midway through the next group, also had been broken up moments later nadal was visibly annoyed.
Cilic levelled the contest at one set apiece, however, the seed recovered – dropping three games to establish a quarter-final showdown from Diego Schwartzman, that dropped undercover seed Alexander Zverev out.
Nadal, watched his buddy Tiger Woods on Arthur Ashe Stadium, made a stunning around-the-net winner to bring up match point and he made no mistake to clinch a place in his inaugural US Open quarter-final.
“It’s a simple shot to describe, but difficult to make,” said Nadal. “I really don’t know, I think I followed the ball good because he had a fantastic volley and I watched it.
“I ran fast to the ball and now I saw in the last moment there could maybe be a small space on that side.
“I believe that it was the only method to win there. I hit it well, yet to hit that area you will want some luck”
Nadal’s victory moves him closer to a US Open assembly contrary to his great rival Roger Federer. 40 times have clashed in an iconic competition spanning 15 decades, but they have never met at this particular competition.
Federer confronts Grigor Dimitrov at the eight and he boasts a 100 per cent record from the Bulgarian, having won all of the previous encounters.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic bowed out after retiring against Stan Wawrinka while monitoring by two collections and because of this, Federer and Nadal are highly fancied to contest his or her Grand Slam on Sunday.