Austrian ninth seed Dominic Thiem reached his first US Open quarter-final on Sunday with a 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (7/2) win over 2017 runner-up Kevin Anderson.
Thiem, the runner-up to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros in June, will face the world number one after the defending champion beat Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili in four sets in his last-16 clash.
Thiem will be playing in his fourth Slam quarter-final but first outside of the French Open where he was a semi-finalist in 2016 and 2017 before this year’s run to the championship match.
His progress to the last-eight in New York comes despite choosing to play European clay court events after Wimbledon before then losing his only summer hard court outing in Cincinnati to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
*Updated after Nadal’s victory over the Georgian.