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Dominic Thiem reveals game plan for Rafael Nadal US Open quarter-final

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Dominic Thiem, of Austria, returns a shot to Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Thiem is ready for Nadal (Picture: AP)

Dominic Thiem believes the key to beating Rafael Nadal is playing with pace and power, although he accepts its a risky strategy.

The Austrian will meet the world No. 1 for the first time away from a clay court – their 11th contest overall – having last met in the French Open final earlier this year.

Thiem has enjoyed success against the 32-year-old in the past, picking up three wins against the Spaniard on his favoured surface, and hes in a confident mood having arrived at a quarter-final of a major for the first time outside of Paris.

The world No. 9 was asked to reflect on his past successes over Nadal after his sterling victory against Kevin Anderson on Sunday, and he outlined his plans for beating the world No. 1.

I think that I have very powerful ground strokes, and I can even hurt him with them, he said.

Nadal will take on Thiem (Picture: Corbis via Getty)

But the key is to play really fast and powerful. But on the same time, not make too many mistakes.

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Yeah, I did it sometimes against him, but its a risky game style also, because it can happen that I make too many mistakes and then it looks black.

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To compete with him well, I always have to have a great day, and I have to play well. But I did today, so I just keep up my habits.

I will practice tomorrow. Of course, I will practice some things which might be useful on Tuesday, but everything else I wont change that much.

Thiem has a decent record against Nadal (Picture: Getty)

While Thiem believes he can cause the top seed real problems, he rejected the notion that his game is ideal to down the world No. 1.

Well, I think nobodys game really matches up well with his, he added. Thats why hes so unbelievably successful.

No matter what, its always really tough to play against him. As I said, Im really looking forward to see how it is on a different surface than clay.

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