Nadal into US Open semi-final after epic triumph over Thiem

Nadal into US Open semi-final after epic triumph over Thiem

Twenty-four hours after Roger Federer fell to John Millman, his old rival avoided following him out of the tournament, but only just, completing a 0-6 6-4 7-5 6-7 (4/7) 7-6 (7/5) victory at 2.03am.

"I said to Dominic I am sorry". Was a step forward for me in the dynamic of the tournament.

Rafael Nadal beat Domini Thiem in an epic 4 hours and 49 minute match.

Then there are the matches like Tuesday's instant-classic night-and-early-morning-cap on Arthur Ashe Stadium, when he draws a very game foe into a battle of nerve and endurance, a contest of attrition. I was struggling also a little bit, but I didn't show it that much.

"Maybe not if the player is inferior to you, but if it he's not inferior, or is of a similar level".

Nadal trailed by a break in the third set before taking it.

After suffering a first set "bagel", Nadal had to battle back from breaks in the third and fourth sets before seeing off the first top 20 player he had faced at the US Open since 2013.

Nadal had said he was sorry to defeat to Thiem, who joked: "I don't think he's really sorry". But he dug in and trusted in his big weapons, and was rewarded, coming back to win 6-7 6-3 5-7 6-4 6-1.

What was most impressive in a match that featured brilliant shot-making and powerful, line-clipping groundstrokes over the course of almost five hours was that Thiem looked to be the fresher player compared to the 17-time Grand Slam champion who is known for his fight on the court.

Nadal edged a tense fifth-set tie-break to win 0-6 6-4 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-5).

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It was his 58th unforced error on a night when he sent down 18 aces and fired 74 winners.

"It's going to be stuck in my mind forever..." "Forever I'm going to remember this match". It's cruel sometimes tennis, because I think this match didn't really deserve a loser. "But there has to be one".

Naturally, Nadal was exhausted following the quarter-final win.

"Wake up, that's all", he said of that first-set malaise, which was over in just 24 minutes.

Nothing could separate them in the opening seven games, with just four points for the returners before Nadal earned a break in game eight after a poor backhand from Dominic. "But I don't play dropshots when I see the player struggling or bending over, no", Sevastova said.

After holding at love in game 11, Rafa converted the third set point with a forehand down the line victor for four games in a row and 7-5, moving a set away from the place in the semi-final. Not only was Nadal two points from losing at 5-all in the closing tiebreaker, but he finished with fewer total points, 171-166.

Del Potro dropped his first set of the tournament against 11th seed Isner, who was playing in his maiden quarter-final at his home Slam.

Sep 2, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Juan Mart'n Del Potro of Argentina (R) shakes hands with Borna Coric of Croatia (L) after their match in the fourth round on day seven of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. "It's good to have now two days (without a match) that probably give me the chance to be 100 percent in the semi-finals". I think we nearly all the time have great matches.

"The key is to play really fast and powerful", he said. I don't want to lose against anybody.

"I'm sad for him because when this moment arrived, he did all the things well to win the match".

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