Rafael Nadal def Marin Cilic

Andy Taylor Announcer. 2019 US Open. Rafael Nadal Round 4
Announcer Andy Taylor | The Voice of the US Open | Photo: Pete Staples USTA

[2] Rafael Nadal -02- (ESP) def [22] Marin Cilic -23- (CRO)

Match recap from Arthur Ashe Stadium announcer Andy Taylor.

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On Wednesday, Rafael Nadal will compete in his 40th career Grand Slam Quarterfinal. His 9th at the US Open.

Don’t let the scoreline fool you. Nadal faced a formidable former champion tonight. Statistically, it was an even match. Nadal was simply sharper when it mattered – slightly more solid on serve, with fewer unforced errors.

The 3-time champ was relentless after set-3’s first changeover, earning four breaks and nine consecutive games. With the exception of Nadal’s first break during the streak, Cilic actually served well – Rafa’s defense was simply impenetrable.

Andy Taylor Announcer. 2019 US Open. Rafael Nadal Round 4 Match Recap

NEXT: [21] Diego Schwartzman -21- (ARG) vs [2] Rafael Nadal -02- (ESP)

Round-4 Biography | [2] Rafael Nadal -02- (ESP)

Now an 18-time Major Champion, this 33-year-old is one of the greatest to ever play the game. This June at Roland Garros, he again defended his title, becoming the first player ever to win a Grand Slam tournament 12-times – surpassing Margaret Court’s long-standing record of 11 Australian Open victories. A 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist and 4-time Davis Cup Champion – with his US Open Series victory in Montreal this Summer, he now owns a record 35 ATP Masters-1000 titles and 83 career Singles titles in all. And it was here in 2010, at just 24-years-old, he became only the 7th man in tennis history – and youngest in the Open era – to earn the career Grand Slam. From Mallorca, Spain – Please welcome 3-time US Open Champion Rafael Nadal.

▲ R4: def [22] Marin Cilic -23- (CRO) 63 36 61 62
▲ R3: def [Q] Hyeon Chung -170- (KOR) 63 64 62
▲ R2: -WALKOVER- | Thanasi Kokkinakis -203- (AUS)
▲ R1: def John Millman -60- (AUS) 63 62 62

Round-4 Biography | [22] Marin Cilic -23- (CRO)

5-years-ago, he captured his first Grand Slam title right here in Arthur Ashe Stadium – earning straight-set wins over Roger Federer in the Semifinals and Kei Nishikori in the championship match. Since then, he climbed to a career-high ranking of World #3, reached the Finals of both Wimbledon and the Australian Open, and made 4 appearances at the year-end ATP Finals. He owns 18 career Singles titles, has reached 32 Finals, and last November – captured the Davis Cup title for his country, making Croatia the defending Davis Cup Champions this Fall in Madrid. Competing in his 11th US Open – from Croatia, please welcome 2014 Champion, Marin Cilic.

▲ R3: def [14] John Isner -14- (USA) 75 36 76(6) 64
▲ R2: def Cedrik-Marcel Stebe -256- (GER) 46 63 75 63
▲ R1: def Martin Klizan -83- (SVK) 63 62 76(6)

Head to Head

This was the 9th meeting between these two Champions, and first at the US Open. Rafael Nadal won 6 of their previous matches, including their most-recent in the Toronto Quarterfinals last Summer.