Published: Thu, September 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Tiger Woods watches Rafael Nadal deliver an 'incredible performance' at US Open

Tiger Woods watches Rafael Nadal deliver an 'incredible performance' at US Open

He has come out to the U.S. Open to cheer on Nadal in the past and a year ago Woods sat in Serena Williams' player's box at Wimbledon with Herman.

Nadal, who has won three of his 18 major titles at Flushing Meadows, will be playing in his 40th career Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Woods, along with his son, daughter and girlfriend, spent Monday night in NY emphatically cheering on Rafa Nadal in his U.S. Open Round of 16 victory over Marin Cilic, including after this unbelievable shot that set up match point for the Spaniard.

Nadal could conceivably face old rival Roger Federer in a blockbuster final, in what would be a first-time meeting in NY, but first the second seed must next overcome 5ft 7in (1.70m) Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who chopped down sixth seed Alexander Zverev.

In his post-match interview, Nadal was asked about his famous observer.

"It's a huge honour to play in front of all NY fans, but to play in front of Tiger is a very special thing", Nadal said in his on-court interview.

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'For me, it's a huge honor playing in front of all of you of course, ' Nadal said at Arthur Ashe Stadium. "I've always said that I don't have idols, but if I did, I would have to say that one idol is him".

I try to follow him, every single shot through the whole year.

"It means a lot to me to have him supporting".

A blistering cross-court backhand passing victor off a Cilic overhead elicited a fired-up fist-pump from Woods, who was equally appreciate of an outrageous round-the-netpost forehand that brought up match point. I had my chances against him in many matches, but I haven't been able to win against him.

One men's semifinal is already set, with No. 5 Daniil Medvedev facing Grigor Dimitrov, who eliminated five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer on Tuesday. "Maybe he would lose a bit of rhythm after that". After that, I think I started to change my game a little and thought 'OK this is how I need to play.' Then, in the third and in the fourth, I tried to do the same - trying to be aggressive, and do good defenses.

He will next lock horns with Argentina's Diego Schwartzman, who too recovered from the first set down to seal a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 win over Germany's Alexander Zverev and reach the last-eight of the fourth major of the season. I know it's a weapon in my game.

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