Rafael Nadal survives late-night marathon against Dominic Thiem

Tyler Owen
September 7, 2018

Unfortunately for Thiem, he's going to have to remember the fact that, after running, fighting, swinging, and sweating for 4 hours and 49 minutes, he came up two points short of victory. "That's one more today", he said after his 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/5) win.

"[I am] sad for him because when [he arrived at] this moment, he did all the things well to win the match".

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"I played some good ones before, but not that long, not that long against the great guys on the Grand Slam stage", Thiem said.

"I would say the first really epic match that I played". He is a close friend on tour and a great player.

The 24-year-old Austrian faces the world number one on Tuesday, just three months after he was routed by Nadal in the final at Roland Garros.

World number one Nadal lost the opening set 6-0 after being outpowered by the Austrian ninth seed in New York, BBC Sport reports.

It was his 58th unforced error on a night when he sent down 18 aces and fired 74 winners. "It was a very tough start, I tried to stay in the match in the second set", he said on court after securing passage to the semifinals.

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The prize for winning is a clash against No 1 seed Rafa Nadal in the quarterfinal after the Spaniard silenced Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili in four sets.

This story was first published on CNN.com, "Rafael Nadal outlasts Thiem in 5-set US Open thriller". Having looked the more tired of the two, it was Nadal who was applying the greater pressure and at 5-5, 0-40 it seemed this was his chance. He was two points from victory at 6-5, deuce, in the fourth as Thiem served, but flubbed a forehand volley, leaping for a ball that appeared to be sailing out and dumping it into the net.

"Dominic is an exemplary player on the circuit, and when you get to 5-5 in the fifth set, the tie-break is really on the toss of a coin".

Elsewhere, Serena Williams, Anastasija Sevastova and Juan Martin del Potro progressed into the semi-finals. He had already spent almost 10 hours on-court, battling cramps and beating America's Ryan Harrison in five sets during his opener, and on Friday, playing another three hours and 43 minutes against No 28 seeded Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

It was the second time Nadal played a 4 hours + match, with his third round win over Karen Khachanov ending at 4 hours 23 minutes. I think we nearly all the time have great matches. "I don't want to lose against anybody, but now I wish him the title the most, that's for sure".

Isner said he needed to change his shirt 11 times.

Isner did not end the tournament empty-handed despite his loss to Del Potro.

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