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Rafael Nadal outlasts Thiem in 5-set US Open thriller

07 September, 2018, 11:04 | Author: Delia Walker
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The 24-year-old (Thiem turned 25 on Monday) hit 42 winners and only 13 unforced errors while Anderson made more than double that number of unforced errors. It helped me a lot.

AFTER almost five hours on court, world No.1 Rafael Nadal and rising challenger Dominic Thiem had exhausted their tanks.

The second 2018 US Open Men's Quarterfinals tennis match tonight pits top-ranked Rafael Nadal again Dominic Thiem (9) on ESPN TV. Del Potro beat John Isner in a match that played out as most people expected. "Forever I'm going to remember this match".

Del Potro won, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.

"It was an unbelievable victory over one of the best players right now". Instead, it will be the ninth-seeded Thiem who will face Nadal in the quarterfinals after the Spaniard took four sets to get past Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili. The two were neck-in-neck at 5-5 when Nadal carved out a match point with his forehand.

Nadal began his US Open campaign with a victory when his compatriot former world #3 David Ferrer was forced to retire in the second set, in what was his final Grand Slam appearance. "So I didn't face one break point, and I didn't feel so much pressure on service games", said Thiem.

"He did all the things well to win the match", Nadal said. "But I think he was also not on his top level in the first set - for sure not". "A question of a little bit of luck at the end". I'm happy, of course, to be in the semi-finals again.

"To be honest, I am very, very sorry for Dominic", he added.

Nadal's performance came 24 hours after another of the game's legends took center stage under the lights on Ashe.

Meanwhile, five-time champion Roger Federer was knocked out of the tournament on Tuesday after John Millman pulled off a huge shock. For his part, Federer has not played poorly; he made it to the final in Cincinnati just before the start here in NY but was overwhelmed by a surging Novak Djokovic.

"In some way when you give everything that you have, win or lose the personal satisfaction when you give everything and you play with the right attitude is the same". Instead, after a subdued celebration, he briskly walked to the other side of the net to console his vanquished rival and offer a word of encouragement in a friendly embrace.

"I'm really looking forward to play him (Nadal) on hard court for the first time".

The depth and strength of Thiem's groundstrokes were doing what Nadal's shots usually do to opponents: robbing them of time and space. 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.

For now, that baton handoff will have to wait.


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