US Open day nine: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem in marathon match

Posted September 10, 2018

At the end of four hours and 49 minutes, at 2:04 am NY time, that's the word Thiem was left ruing. It's a match that we know each other very well.

"I said to Dominic: 'I'm very sorry and keep going.' He has plenty of time to win".

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

He saved 12 break points, including three while serving at 5-5, 0-40 in the fifth set.

Rafael Nadal was forced to use every inch of his fighting spirit as he battled past an inspired Dominic Thiem to reach the US Open semi-finals in what was undoubtedly the match of the tournament.

"He will say "this is my opportunity and I'm expected to lose, but I have to go out there guns blazing".

Nadal had defeated Thiem in the Roland Garros final in June but this was their first meeting away from a clay court. He's a fighter. He has a great attitude.

Nadal never looked as physically spent as Federer did in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night, but in a rematch of this year's French Open final, Thiem had him on the ropes.

Present victor of the event 3 times filed via, actively gained fifty five factors and has made forty nine unforced errors.

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"Forever I'm going to remember this match, for sure", Thiem said.

She then dropped her racket and held her hands to her face as a Stephens shot went into the net on the match's final point. "But there has to be one".

Nadal will now meet Argentine and world number three Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-finals, but the 32-year-old revealed the conversation he had with his Austrian opponent Thiem.

In an epic encounter that saw both players come up with some brilliant tennis, Nadal called on all his experience as he battled hot and humid conditions to triumph in a deciding set tiebreak after Thiem sent a smash long.

Thiem took the first set in just 24 minutes, stunning a packed crowd at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

The Austrian blasted 13 winners, made only two unforced errors and allowed Nadal just seven points in winning an extraordinary opening set. He viewed the match as an important experience in his young career.

The 2009 champion won 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2 and will face top-ranked Rafael Nadal or No. 9 Dominic Thiem in the semifinals.

Nadal was clearly rattled and lost the first three points of the tiebreak that Thiem won 7-4 to force a fourth set. It ended up in the fifth set tiebreaker, there it's 50/50. "I don't think he's really sorry", said the 25-year-old. "Beating John in these kind of matches is like an epic, an epic match". I think we nearly all the time have great matches. Defending champion Stephens is up first on Arthur Ashe Stadium, facing No. 19 seed Anastasija Sevastova in a rematch of Stephens' three-set victory in the same round at Flushing Meadows past year.