The 20-time major victor had looked destined for a box-office final against Rafael Nadal in what would have been the great rivals' first meeting at the US Open but the Swiss legend suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows. He, however, made amendments and rebounded strongly to eventually seal a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over 2014 titlist in a thrilling fourth-round clash of the men's singles event.
Nadal could conceivably face old rival Roger Federer in a blockbuster final, in what would be a first-time meeting in NY, but first the second seed must next overcome 5ft 7in (1.70m) Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who chopped down sixth seed Alexander Zverev.
"Honestly, it's much better if Tiger doesn't see my swing", Nadal said, drawing laughs from Woods and the rest of the crowd. "Maybe he would lose a bit of rhythm after that". "I always say I never had big idols, but I have to say one idol is him".
"Just an incredible performance and awesome way to close out the match", Woods later said in a tweet. "I don't have the biggest power, don't have the most winners or most aces, but I can read my opponent's game well", Bencic said."I was taking the ball early and anticipating well".
"It's a huge honour to play in front of all NY fans, but to play in front of Tiger is a very special thing", Nadal said in his on-court interview. After that, I think I started to change my game a little and thought 'OK this is how I need to play.' Then, in the third and in the fourth, I tried to do the same - trying to be aggressive, and do good defenses.
Schwartzman, 27, who holds a 5-22 record versus top 10 players, was 1-1 against the hard-serving Zverev prior to Monday's match.
The 33-year-old 18-time Grand Slam champion has had a relatively stress-free time at the tournament so far, dropping just one set and getting a walkover in the second round.
Diego Schwartzman following his victory against Alexander Zverev on Monday in the US Open.
'I mean, a code violation is fine. "I didn't even argue that", he said. Most of the crowd didn't hear it. "It's fine. I think the umpires next time should let me know about it".
He will play Frenchman Gael Monfils, who looks to be playing some of the best tennis of his flamboyant but injury-hit career this fortnight.