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Nadal edges Thiem in 5th-set tiebreaker at Open

10 September, 2018, 01:04 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • US Open Dominic Thiem upends Kevin Anderson to reach the quarters

Nadal won 40 percent of his first serves in the opener as he struggled with the high humidity on Arthur Ashe Stadium court, with Thiem becoming the first player to "bagel" the Spaniard at Flushing Meadows since Andy Roddick 14 years ago.

The fourth set was a wild 81-minute ride that began with Thiem facing break points, saw the Austrian threaten a double break before being pegged back and then a tired Nadal miss a chance to win the match.

The world number one came through a nerve-shredding sudden death tiebreak 7-5 to recover from a disastrous start and win 0-6 6-4 7-5 6-7 7-6 after four hours and 49 minutes of a baseline war.

When that emblem of career longevity Serena Williams was asked Tuesday night following her win in the U.S. Open quarterfinals why the desire to win another Grand Slam title burns hotter in her than it did before she took time off to have her daughter, she gave an answer that made tennis fans a bit weepy.

"The match was special for its different phases", Nadal said afterwards. "It was a very tough start, I tried to stay in the match in the second set", the Spaniard said on court.

The semi-final will pit Nadal against third seed and 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro for the second successive Grand Slam tournament. For me it was a very tough start. In fact, Nadal never faced match point, and Thiem faced only one all night.

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.

Nadal seemed to be under control as he won the first two sets 6-3 6-3, then something changed.

"I am the guy to look at myself", Nadal said. And, yes, I played against a great opponent.

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"I would say the first really epic match I played". He's a great guy, a close friend who will have many more opportunities to win the big titles.

Breaking Thiem at a crucial juncture, the World No.1 quickly closed out the set but then found himself in trouble early on in the second.

"I like people who try hard to achieve their goals and he is one of them". But he took the tiebreaker before Nadal just proved the steadier of the two in the final set decider.

Nadal holds an 11-5 record against Del Potro.

"It's good to have now two days that probably give me the chance to be on my 100 per cent in the semi-finals".

"Yeah, it's going to be stuck in my mind forever", Thiem said after the match. Del Potro beat John Isner in a match that played out as most people expected.

"I'm going to remember this match, for sure". The Spaniard prevailed in four sets, but Basilashvili played an fantastic tennis hitting a lot of winners.



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