Rafael Nadal shows agility and poise at the net defending cheeky dropshot as Spaniard claims easy straight sets US Open win



Associated Press

Rafael Nadal easily reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals, beating Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 this morning.

The No. 1 seed is back into the quarters in Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2013, when he won his second of two U.S. Open titles.

He broke serve six times and needed just 1 hour, 41 minutes to finish off his unseeded opponent.

Nadal will next face either No. 9 seed David Goffin or unseeded Andrey Rublev.

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