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All-Williams clash is all Serena

SOLIDARITY:The crowd cheered Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid when they were shown at the sisters’ match, with Serena saying ‘every human’ should be grateful

AFP, NEW YORK

However, 2009 champion and third seed Juan Martin del Potro, his potential semi-final opponent, also made the last 16 with a 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 win over Fernando Verdasco.

Nadal is to face Georgia’s world No. 37 Nikoloz Basilashvili for a place in the quarter-finals.

Basilashvili reached the last 16 of a Slam for the first time by seeing off Argentina’s Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7/4).

“Karen played well. He’s improving always. He’s young. He has everything. I really see him winning a lot of matches in his career,” Nadal said.

Del Potro is into the last 16 for the sixth time after seeing off Verdasco, the man who ended Andy Murray’s Grand Slam return in the previous round.

The giant Argentine is to next face Croatian 20th seed Borna Coric, who made the last 16 of a Slam for the first time with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 victory over Russia’s Daniil Medvedev.

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