Rafael Nadal has showered plenty of praise on Dominic Thiem ahead of their quarter-final match at the US Open, according to a report on the Express.

Current world number one Nadal knows that Thiem is a dangerous opponent to face and the Spaniard understands that he must not take the Austrian lightly.

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Nadal came up against Thiem in the French Open final and managed to defeat him and he will be hoping to do the same once again.

Tuesday’s quarter-final match between the two will be the 11th time that they come up against one another and Nadal knows he must be at his best to secure his place in the semi-finals.

He said:

He’s a fantastic player. He’s a very powerful player. He’s a great guy. I have a very good relationship with him.

I’m happy for him that he’s in quarterfinals here. Last year he lost a very tough match against Del Potro here.

This is going to be a tough one. He’s a very powerful player, and, yeah, he knows how to play this kind of matches.

I need to play my best match of the tournament if I want to keep having chances to stay in the tournament.

This is the first time that they will play each other on a hard court and Thiem is fancying his chances of beating the Spaniard.

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