Kevin Anderson crushes Shapovalov at the US Open

Iron man Dominic Thiem celebrates after beating Kevin Anderson

Iron man Dominic Thiem celebrates after beating Kevin Anderson

He was agonisingly close to getting there a year ago at the US Open, leading by two sets against Juan Martin del Potro in the round of 16 before the 2009 champion roared back to win. Sure, Rafael Nadal had all of those elements in his victory.

And Kevin Anderson won't be getting a second shot at Nadal in the Open.

"It was not on my mind, but I was pretty close previous year", Thiem said.

Kevin Anderson of South Africa hits a backhand against Denis Shapovalov of Canada (not pictured) in the third round on day five of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

"Going to have my work cut out for me", said Anderson.

The fifth world-ranked Anderson had also boasted a 6-1 record against Thiem on hard courts. Past year he lost a very tough match against Del Potro here.

For Thiem, Tuesday's quarter-final offers a chance to avenge his defeat by Nadal in his first Grand Slam final at June's French Open. A lot of credit to him. In 2017, Shapovalov qualified at Flushing Meadows and then made a stirring run to the fourth round, making him the youngest man into the round of 16 since Michael Chang in 1989.

"It was a battle out there, I gave it everything I have so there's nothing to regret from it", Shapovalov told reporters after the match. "So I didn't face one break point, and I didn't feel so much pressure on service games". "I'm able to compete with anyone out there, as I showed today. I did it sometimes against him, but it's a risky game style".

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Raonic had hip surgery after a falling awkwardly during a second-round match at Wimbledon in 2011, but said the pain he felt Sunday was new. "When it's constant, it's actually easier to deal with".

A point in the match that many Shapovalov fans will point to wondering "what if?" occurred in the sixth game of the final set.

Play continued on other courts without interruption, including the new Louis Armstrong Stadium, which has a retractable roof, too. He backed that up with a strong season, reaching the Wimbledon final and earning the No. 5 seed in this tournament.

The retractable roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium was closed because of light rain during the second set of defending U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens' third-round match against Victoria Azarenka. Again, he was handily defeated by a more experienced champion. Indeed, when Johnson won the third set to take a 2-1 lead, Thiem looked to be in trouble.

Canada's Milos Raonic celebrates a point against Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka during their 2018 US Open men's match August 31, 2018 in NY.

Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, reacts after winning a game against Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in NY.

Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov is out of the U.S. Open, while veteran Milos Raonic is moving on to the fourth round.

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