Woods celebrates Nadal's win with fist pumps

ATP US Open Rafael Nadal topples Marin Cilic to stay on title course

Tiger Woods Fired Up And Fist-Pumping For Rafael Nadal At US Open

Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals of the men's draw at the US Open on Monday night.

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

Earlier, Nadal ramped up his quest for a fourth US Open title with an impressive win over 2014 champion Marin Cilic to advance to the quarter-finals while Alexander Zverev slumped to a four-set defeat.

After barely breaking a sweat in reaching the last 16, a run that included a second-round walkover, Rafael Nadal stared down his stiffest test so far to surge into a quarter-final meeting with Argentine 20th seed Diego Schwartzman.

Afterward, the two put on an impromptu show for ESPN, with Tiger gazing fondly from the stands as Nadal did his post-match interview on the court.

"After the second set I had to make a change or I would be in his hands", Nadal said. "I've always said that I don't have idols, but if I did, I would have to say that one idol is him".

"For me, it's a big pleasure to have him here 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.

"It's a big pleasure to have him here, he's one of the greats of sport and I want to congratulate him on one of the most awesome comebacks in sport, winning the Masters this year", Nadal said, suggesting his own golf game lagged far behind his ability with a racquet. He's a big legend of sport, one of the greatest sportsmen of all time. I had my chances against him in many matches, but I haven't been able to win against him. "Maybe he can lose a little bit of rhythm after that", said Nadal, who attended Tiger's Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas two years ago.

But the three-time champion quickly shrugged it off to march into the last eight, with a stunning around-the-net victor bringing up match point to the delight of Woods. 'I don't know, I think I followed the ball good because he had a good volley and I saw it. I know it's a weapon in my game. "I hit it well, but to hit that spot you need some luck".

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