Rafael Nadal sekali lagi berdepan detik cemas sebelum mengesahkan kemenangan dalam pusingan ketiga Terbuka Amerika Syarikat, mengatasi Leornardo Mayer dalam aksi empat set.
Pemain no.1 dunia itu mensia-siakan beberapa peluang break point sebelum mengesahkan kemenangan 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 ke atas Mayer di bawah bumbung Stadium Arthur Ashe.
Nadal memerlukan tiga jam 15 minit untuk mengesahkan kemenangan selepas menyempurnakan enam daripada 25 break points untuk mara ke pusingan 16.
Menanti juara 15 kali grand slam itu ialah pemain Ukraine, Alexandr Dolgopolov.
Nadal telah pun memenangani tiga pertembungan berdepan Mayer sebelum ini.
Nadal - 39/26
Mayer - 45/52
Nadal - 4/3
Mayer - 12/5
BREAK POINTS WON
Nadal - 6/25
Mayer - 1/3
FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Nadal - 68
Mayer - 63
PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Nadal - 73/69
Mayer - 60/57
Nadal - 140
Mayer - 120
Sun Sep 03 2017
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