Nadal outlasts Thiem in US Open classic to reach semis

Nadal outlasts Thiem in US Open classic to reach semis

Nadal outlasts Thiem in US Open classic to reach semis

"But the first step to change that dynamic is not find an excuse on the racquet or on the string or on something that is not the true". The match lasted four hours and 49 minutes and did not conclude until 2:04 a.m. Wednesday morning. 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". As usual, he had to do it without the benefit of many cheap points; he hit just three aces, 15 fewer than Thiem.

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

This one was never easy: Nadal trailed by a break in the third set before taking it.

The second 2018 US Open Men's Quarterfinals tennis match tonight pits top-ranked Rafael Nadal again Dominic Thiem (9) on ESPN TV. He's a great guy, a close friend who will have many more opportunities to win the big titles.

Nadal had defeated Thiem in the Roland Garros final in June but this was their first meeting away from a clay court.

"He has a great attitude and is a great fighter".

Remarkably, Thiem was the first top-20 player Nadal has faced at Flushing Meadows since his final win over Novak Djokovic in 2013.

"Yeah, it's going to be stuck in my mind forever", Thiem said after the match.

"Tennis is sometimes cruel, this game didn't deserve a loser but there has to be one and, if we skip the first set, we were well matched from start to finish", he noted. "But there has to be one".

"After that first set", Nadal said, "the match became more normal".

Nadal won just seven points as the Austrian rained down winners from all angles.

"I am the guy to look at myself".

"Then the third set happened - he served for the set - then I won two games in a row and took the set". The fourth was an 81-minute rollercoaster ride, where Nadal came within two points of winning only for Thiem to take the tie-break. Moving head-to-head in the thrilling clash, the tie-breaker in the decisive set seemed to be the fitting end of the match.

Del Potro's victory was no walk in the park either, the Argentinian battling through strength-sapping heat and humidity to win 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 7-6 (7/4) 6-2.

It was only the fourth time in his long grand slam history that Nadal had lost a set 6-0 and just the third time at any level in almost seven years. "I'm playing a lot of hours this year at this attractive stadium".

"Being honest I am just very, very sorry for Dominic". Del Potro beat John Isner in a match that played out as most people expected.

"We fought the whole match and I survived with my serve which was key".

The Austrian hung his head before being consoled by Nadal who then held his arms aloft in celebration and relief.

"I had a shower, lay on the table and I didn't want to come back again".

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