Nadal eases past Mayer to progress at Flushing Meadows

ANI | Updated: Sep 03, 2017 12:08 IST

<p>New York [USA], September 3 (<a href="/search?query=ANI">ANI</a>): World No.1 <a href="/search?query=Rafael Nadal">Rafael Nadal</a> overcame stubborn resistance from <a href="/search?query=Leonardo Mayer">Leonardo Mayer</a> of Argentina to progress through to the fourth round of the <a href="/search?query=US Open">US Open</a> on Saturday.</p><p>Nadal, who lost the first set, eventually fought back to win 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 6-1 6-4 the match that lasted for three hours and 16 minutes.</p><p>For a set-and-a-half, Nadal, the top seed, failed to capitalize on 13 break-point opportunities.</p><p>But the Spaniard found his range as the second set commenced, eventually scoring his first break of the match on his 14th opportunity and drawing level with a rifled forehand pass.</p><p>"It was a slow start of converting break points and when you have that many break points, you created the opportunities, more than usual," said Nadal.</p><p>"You need matches like this. Then now I have the opportunity to compete again, to try to do it well. I am in the second week. That's the important thing. I already won three matches in a row. That's important news for me," he added.</p><p>The 15-time Grand Slam Champion, who owns a tour-leading 52 match wins this year, will look to reach the quarter-finals in New York for the first time since 2013 when he faces <a href="/search?query=Alexandr Dolgopolov">Alexandr Dolgopolov</a>. (<a href="/search?query=ANI">ANI</a>)</p>