Rafael Nadal defeats Ivan Dodig to advance to fourth round at US Open

Rafael Nadal has moved into the fourth round of the US Open after a 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 win over Ivan Dodig today. His win took his year record to 56 victories against just three losses and extended his run on hard courts to 18-0. In the next round, Rafa will face either John Isner or Philipp Kohlschreiber.

“I started the match with a high intensity. I lost to Ivan the last time we played in Montreal and he won two hard matches here against Fernando Verdasco, a lefty like me, and Nikolay Davydenko. I think I played my best match of the week so far today. This court is very special. I have many unforgettable memories of this court so thank you for making me feel like I am at home.

“I have to improve a little bit of everything to keep going in the second week,” Nadal said. “To win matches if you are not playing your best, it’s impossible,” Rafa said.

CONGRATS RAFA!

Photos: Al Bello, Matthew Stockman, Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, Tennis Magazine and Reuters

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