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31/08/18 - Arthur Ashe Stadium
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Rafael Nadal - Karen Khachanov
US Open men - 31 August 2018

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 7-6(7) 7-6(6) KHACHANOV: Nadal's experience tells in the tie-break, setting up five match points; he loses the first with a net, loses the second thanks to a brilliantly-placed shot from Khachanov, but takes the third when the Russian misses his return. Almost four and a half hours on court. What an epic.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 7-6(7) 6-6 KHACHANOV: Well, that's one way to set up a tie-break - Khachanov hits a tweener, and Nadal meets it at the net with a backhand laden with top spin.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 7-6(7) 5-6 KHACHANOV: Khachanov is hitting his calves with his racquet, and it seems to be having an effect. He's moving better now, and the crowd are getting behind him.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 7-6(7) 5-5 KHACHANOV: An incredible backhand as Khachanov breaks to love! Nadal's making mistakes, hitting a terrible volley, and this match goes on.

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Nadal to serve for the match, then.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 7-6(7) 5-4 KHACHANOV: More great use of shots from Khachanov on his serve, using the backhand delicately to dip over the net.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 7-6(7) 5-3 KHACHANOV: The Nadal forehand is firing as the clock ticks nearer to the four-hour mark.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 7-6(7) 4-3 KHACHANOV: Another hold to love on the Khachanov serve! So tenacious. And another ace to wrap up the game to boot.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 7-6(7) 4-2 KHACHANOV: Khachanov tries his hand at challenging in this game, perhaps rather more in hope than expectation.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 7-6(7) 3-2 KHACHANOV: But the Russian isn't done quite yet. He keeps hold of his serve but does he have enough left to make inroads on Nadal's?

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 7-6(7) 3-1 KHACHANOV: That's the shot of a tired man. Khachanov isn't keeping up with the stamina of Nadal now.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 7-6(7) 2-1 KHACHANOV: The Nadal backhand comes into play to break Khachanov, who must be flagging a bit.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 7-6(7) 1-1 KHACHANOV: Nadal holds too, and there's a certain amount of tension around Ashe. Khachanov is starting to grunt a bit on each shot - how much does he have left?

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 7-6(7) 0-1 KHACHANOV: Here we go with the fourth, then, and Khachanov gets on the board first up on his serve.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 7-6(7) KHACHANOV: Nadal is 6-3 up in the breaker but allows Khachanov back in again - he needs his fifth set point to finally wrap this up, putting more pace on the ball and leaving the Russian to return into the net.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 6-6 KHACHANOV: Another ace to wrap up a hold to love, and we're into a tie-break.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 6-5 KHACHANOV: A subdued fist-pump for Nadal, who's picking up the pace on his return shots.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 5-5 KHACHANOV: Not quite yet. Khachanov adds a 16th ace to his tally and takes the game to love.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 5-4 KHACHANOV: Now then. Can the defending champion brerak the Khachanov serve to take this tight third set?

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 4-4 KHACHANOV: Nadal has a little grimace as he bounces and leans slightly on that sore knee. Khachanov holds serve.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 4-3 KHACHANOV: A hold to love for Nadal, who shows off an incredible inside-out forehand.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 3-3 KHACHANOV: Khachanov is allowing so many mistakes creep into his game, missing a backhand, challenging a call that was well out, but Nadal can't get rid of him that easily.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 3-2 KHACHANOV: Khachanov hits a brilliant winner down the line, but Nadal is skidding into the net much more aggressively now.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 2-2 KHACHANOV: Khachanov is dogged here, but a re-energised Nadal looks more likely to make the most of any opportunities than he did an hour ago.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 2-1 KHACHANOV: Almost two and a half hours gone now as the players head to their chairs. Nadal is moving very friskily.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 1-1 KHACHANOV: Khachanov will be pleased to be on the board first off in this third set. He's still hitting powerfully but looks a little more nervous than he did two hours ago.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 1-0 KHACHANOV: Nadal comes back from love-40 down to hold his serve against the sheer strength of Khachanov.

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NADAL 5-7 7-5 KHACHANOV: Khachanov double-faults on game point. And then does it again. His second serve is looking shaky and Nadal gobbles up that set point.

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NADAL 5-7 6-5 KHACHANOV: Nadal is raring to go after that brief break for the roof to close. He takes his seat at the end of the game and gets his knee re-taped - the taping is just below his right knee-cap.

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It's raining! Roof is about to close again.

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NADAL 5-7 5-5 KHACHANOV: Screaming and whistling as Nadal digs very deep to break Khachanov. The Russian is still looking very powerful, and the top seed is playing far too much to his forehand.

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NADAL 5-7 4-5 KHACHANOV: Nadal cannot believe he's let this service game slip. He misses a straightforward forehand, and Khachanov has broken him right back.

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NADAL 5-7 4-4 KHACHANOV: Back on serve! Nadal targets the second serve, returning with a little more height, and he gets the break back.

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NADAL 5-7 3-4 KHACHANOV: Nadal's also quick to send his racquets off court to get re-strung during this changeover. He's a man of routine, he'll want his tools back.

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NADAL 5-7 2-4 KHACHANOV: Hold of serve for the 27th seed, and there's a very odd vibe around the Ashe stands as the defending champion is being met punch for punch.

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NADAL 5-7 2-3 KHACHANOV: Nadal's coach Carlos Moya has his arms folded in the stands; his charge heads back to his seat and begins to rearrange his drinks bottles.

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NADAL 5-7 1-3 KHACHANOV: Nadal has two break point but cannot capitalise - he's standing well back from the baseline and Khachanov is showing so much firepower.

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NADAL 5-7 1-2 KHACHANOV: And that's a break to love for Karen Khachanov! Nadal is looking at his camp with a little shrug - could it be a bigger problem with his right knee than that small amount of tape is indicating?

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NADAL 5-7 1-1 KHACHANOV: Nadal's looking a little rattled here - he can't capitalise on a 15-30 lead to break the Khachanov serve.

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NADAL 5-7 1-0 KHACHANOV: Nadal is turning up the volume as he hits his shots but it's not helping him increase the speed of his forehand - 4mph slower than his opponent's.

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NADAL 5-7 KHACHANOV: What a terrific game of tennis! Nadal doesn't want to be shrugged off, and keeps clawing back set point, but Khachanov will not be denied.

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NADAL 5-6 KHACHANOV: A magnificent passing shot down the line from Khachanov, taking up Nadal's loose volley to secure a second break of serve.

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NADAL 5-5 KHACHANOV: Blistering hold to love for Khachanov, and a very happy fan in the stand who's caught a stray ball.

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NADAL 5-4 KHACHANOV: Great serving from Nadal, tempting Khachanov into mistakes and hitting into the net.

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NADAL 4-4 KHACHANOV: Khachanov misses his first serve on break point, and Nadal using that forehand to send the winner across and get that break back.

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NADAL 3-4 KHACHANOV: Lovely volleying from Nadal to hold his serve under pressure.

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NADAL 2-4 KHACHANOV: Eighteen out of 20 first serves for Khachanov so far. That's an incredible stat.

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NADAL 2-3 KHACHANOV: Good, fiery stuff from Nadal, moving into the net and increasing his winner count. He knows Khachanov could be tricky.

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NADAL 1-3 KHACHANOV: A hold to love as Khachanov mixes up aces and winners.

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NADAL 1-2 KHACHANOV: Brilliant from young Khachanov, and Nadal is already getting cross. His second serve isn't good - is the serve clock putting the pressure on?

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NADAL 1-1 KHACHANOV: Nadal's forehand down the line is so epic it even destroys a courtside microphone on its journey. Khachanov does really well to recover from that and hold.

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NADAL 1-0 KHACHANOV: Some huge hitting from these two to get us off and running.

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Nadal to serve.

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The roof is open again on Ashe.

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