Rafael Nadal sends message to Nick Kyrgios and Daniil Medvedev after emphatic US Open win

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Rafael Nadal was in scintillating form on Saturday night as he demolished Richard Gasquet in straight sets to reach the fourth round of the US Open. The Spaniard lost just one game in the opening two sets before putting the match to bed in the third as he ended up storming to a 6-0 6-1 7-5 victory. And following the match, he sent out a message to his title rivals Nick Kyrgios and Daniil Medvedev.

“My best match in the tournament,” Nadal told reporters. “Easy to say that because the other day was tough. But important improvement. But I need to keep going. It’s a good victory for me. Straight sets for the first time. Third set had been a challenge. He increased the level.

“I went through some difficult moments. That’s something that is good that I went through that and saved that moments with a positive feelings. Happy to be in the fourth round, without a doubt.”

Nadal, who is the No 2 seed at Flushing Meadows, won the first nine games on Saturday as Gasquet took a staggering 70 minutes to get on the board. The 36-year-old’s victory means he has now beaten Gasquet in each of the 18 showdowns the duo have had throughout their careers. And he is now set to face American Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round.

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Nadal dropped the opening set during his first two encounters at Flushing Meadows as he came from behind to dispatch Rinky Hijikata in the first round, before seeing off Fabio Fognini in the second round. And the ace believes he’s moving in the right direction.

“All these victories help to be a little bit more confident,” Nadal added. “It’s a moment to increase, to making a step forward. Second week against a great player like Frances, I need to be ready to play and to raise my level. I hope to be able to make that happen. I know [it] is the right moment to make an improvement if I want to keep having chances to keep going on the tournament.”

Kyrgios and Medvedev will both be vying to get their hands on the US Open title and halt Nadal’s dominance. The duo have been tipped to challenge for the title after impressing in New York. But one of them will see their tournament come to an end on Monday as they are set to go head-to-head in the fourth round.

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