Rafael Nadal - Nikoloz Basilashvili
US Open men - 2 September 2018
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NADAL 6-3 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4 BASILASHVILI: After nearly three and a half hours, the number one seed finally gets it done. Basilashvili has put in a very respectable display after that French Open embarrassment, mind.
NADAL 6-3 6-3 6-7(6) 5-4 BASILASHVILI: Basilashvili holds once more, but Nadal is going to get the chance to serve this out. Again.
NADAL 6-3 6-3 6-7(6) 5-3 BASILASHVILI: Nadal holds to love, and Basilashvili looks tired and cross, talking to himself.
NADAL 6-3 6-3 6-7(6) 4-3 BASILASHVILI: Basilashvili is so lax with his hitting at times, and Nadal isn't at his best - but his forehand up the line is on point.
NADAL 6-3 6-3 6-7(6) 3-3 BASILASHVILI: And Basilashvili breaks Nadal on the back of saving those break points a few minutes ago!
NADAL 6-3 6-3 6-7(6) 3-2 BASILASHVILI: Nadal has the chance to break a couple of times but Basilashvili summons up the last bit of power he has to cling on to his serve. He takes to his seat and begins to change his shoes and socks, all the better to have a breather.
NADAL 6-3 6-3 6-7(6) 3-1 BASILASHVILI: Nadal is learning from the errors he made in the third set, and is head down, ploughing through.
NADAL 6-3 6-3 6-7(6) 2-1 BASILASHVILI: The Georgian on the board in this fourth set. Can he force a fifth? That would be unexpected. But fun.
NADAL 6-3 6-3 6-7(6) 2-0 BASILASHVILI: Does Basilashvili have the energy to push Nadal any harder than he already has?
NADAL 6-3 6-3 6-7(6) 1-0 BASILASHVILI: Nadal firing out of the blocks. Basilashvili leaves himself exposed and stranded on the flanks.
NADAL 6-3 6-3 6-7(6) BASILASHVILI: Amazing! Nikoloz Basilashvili piles the pressure on Nadal in the breaker, with backhands blistering the court, and takes the third set!
NADAL 6-3 6-3 6-6 BASILASHVILI: A tie-break it is, then! Nadal tears his return a lick wide of the line to allow Basilashvili to hold.
NADAL 6-3 6-3 6-5 BASILASHVILI: Nadal absolutely ripping the forehand now as he's looking to get this finished in straights.
NADAL 6-3 6-3 5-5 BASILASHVILI: This is a really respectable third set from Basilashvili, exorcising some of those demons from a few weeks ago.
NADAL 6-3 6-3 5-4 BASILASHVILI: Nadal sends his serve on game point just a touch wide beyond Basilashvili.
NADAL 6-3 6-3 4-4 BASILASHVILI: Basilashvili is tenaciously staying in touch in this third.
NADAL 6-3 6-3 4-3 BASILASHVILI: Hold for Nadal who'll want to get this finished off very soon now.
NADAL 6-3 6-3 3-3 BASILASHVILI: Basilashvili stays in touch with another hold.
NADAL 6-3 6-3 3-2 BASILASHVILI: But Nadal doesn't like that, hitting back immediately, and Basilashvili wanders off for another comfort break.
NADAL 6-3 6-3 1-2 BASILASHVILI: A break of the Nadal serve for Basilashvili!
NADAL 6-3 6-3 1-1 BASILASHVILI: Basilashvili gets told off for taking too long on his serve, and then complains about it, all the better to waste some more time.
NADAL 6-3 6-3 1-0 BASILASHVILI: Basilashvili is not happy with himself, swiping his racquet at his bag, which crashes to the ground.
NADAL 6-3 6-3 BASILASHVILI: Nadal is standing a good metre behind the baseline to receive the Basilashvili serve, and though he hits a couple of long returns, he takes his second set point.
NADAL 6-3 5-3 BASILASHVILI: Basilashvili returns to the court, and Nadal promptly holds to love. Again.
NADAL 6-3 4-3 BASILASHVILI: Basilashvili stays within touching distance, and then asks the umpire for a bathroom break.
NADAL 6-3 4-2 BASILASHVILI: Hold to love for Nadal, who stares at the floor as he switches sides between points. Focus.
NADAL 6-3 3-2 BASILASHVILI: One hour gone, another hold for Basilashvili, who's doing much better than he managed a couple of months ago against the same opponent. That was on clay then, mind.
NADAL 6-3 3-1 BASILASHVILI: Basilashvili has a break point, but as he attempts a narrow angle he hits it just long, and Nadal gratefully holds.
NADAL 6-3 2-1 BASILASHVILI: Some great shotmaking from Basilashvili, sending a short one from Nadal up the line with a powerful forehand.
NADAL 6-3 2-0 BASILASHVILI: Nadal started reasonably slowly the other night against Khachanov, but here he's stepping it up much more quickly.
NADAL 6-3 1-0 BASILASHVILI: Swing and a miss from the Georgian, who gets his serve broken straight away. Will he crumble now?
NADAL 6-3 BASILASHVILI: Nadal gives away a free point with a double-fault but it's still not enough for Basilashvili to save the set.
NADAL 5-3 BASILASHVILI: Three aces for Basilashvili, none for Nadal, but tremendous tennis from the Spaniard, defending brilliantly.
NADAL 4-3 BASILASHVILI: Terrible challenge from Basilashvili, proven incorrect by technology as Nadal holds again.
NADAL 3-3 BASILASHVILI: Another hold of serve.
NADAL 3-2 BASILASHVILI: Basilashvili does get a glimmer of a chance here on the Nadal serve, but the world number one doesn't allow it to shine for very long.
NADAL 2-2 BASILASHVILI: The Georgian is doing well.
NADAL 2-1 BASILASHVILI: Nadal returns to his seat and spend some time with those carefully-placed drink bottles after a hold of serve.
NADAL 1-1 BASILASHVILI: Good for Basilashvili, serving well and getting some fast shots on forehand and backhand.
NADAL 1-0 BASILASHVILI: A fault on the first serve of the match, but no problems for Nadal after that.
Rafael Nadal and Nikoloz Basilashvili are about to get going on Ashe.