NEW YORK - World number two Rafael Nadal avoided the same fate which befell Roger Federer to make the US Open quarter-finals on Monday with a 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-3 6-1 in over German 22nd seed Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Nadal, the 2010 champion in New York, stayed on course for a 13th Grand Slam title and will next face fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo, who shocked 17-time major winner Federer 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 6-4.
Federer's failure came on the heels of a shock second-round Wimbledon exit and thwarted a potential quarter-final showdown with 12-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, what would have been their first duel on the New York hardcourts.
Instead, it will be Robredo, in his first US Open quarter-final, awaiting the winner of a later match between Nadal and Germany's 22nd-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber. Robredo is 0-6 all-time against Nadal, 4-2 against the German.
In the women's draw, Slovakia's 48th-ranked Daniela Hantuchova advanced to the US Open quarter-finals on Monday with a rain-interrupted 6-3 5-7 6-2 victory over 81st-ranked American wildcard Alison Riske.
Hantuchova, a 2008 Australian Open semi-finalist in her best Grand Slam run, has matched her best US Open showing from 2002 by reaching the final eight.
The 30-year-old will next face either second seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus or Serbian 13th seed Ana Ivanovic, whose match was postponed until Tuesday after showers halted play for more than four hours.
Unseeded Italian Flavia Pennetta reached the US Open quarter-finals for a fourth time on Monday with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) win over Romanian 21st seed Simona Halep.
Pennetta will next tackle 10th-seeded compatriot Roberta Vinci with a place in a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time at stake.