Nadal outlasts Thiem in epic five-setter to reach semis

Nadal outlasts Thiem in epic five-setter to reach semis

In the fourth set, Thiem once again took control early, breaking Nadal to take a 2-1 lead.

"Yeah, it's going to be stuck in my mind forever", Thiem said after the match. "But in a few days I will look back and will remember how great it was to play in front of a packed Arthur Ashe this great match".

Asked about that at his news conference, Thiem said with a chuckle: "Well, I don't think he's really sorry". But there has to be one.

Top-seeded junior Cori "Coco" Gauff won her second round match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, over Romanian Selma Stefania Cadar, before juniors matches were suspended because of the heat.

There were no breaks of serve in the deciding set and a second tiebreak ensued.

Find out how to watch Nadal vs Thiem live online streaming with or without cable when the match starts at approximately 9 pm EST, or when the previous match concludes. But he is still a rarity in the tennis circles, in that he has beaten Nadal twice on clay: in Madrid a year ago and Rome this time around.

"I'm expecting height into the Thiem backhand and then quick into the forehand side".

Nadal was shockingly shut out in the first set by a 6-0 score, before coming back to take the next two 6-4, 7-5.

In one of many memorable points, Nadal hit a almost flawless half volley, only to see Thiem beat him with a ideal crosscourt pass. He defends every point like his life depends on it.

Thiem handed Nadal, against whom he lost in the Roland Garros final in June, just his fourth ever "bagel" set at the Slams.

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The conclusion to the near five-hour quarter-final, which ended after 2am local time, came in a tie-break.

"A great battle", Nadal told ESPN. After that first set, then the match became more normal. "Tough match against a great opponent".

Nadal, as is his style, never gave up the chase.

The third set was another grind.

"The conditions have been tough out there, too".

"I'm so happy to reach another semi-finals in my favourite tournament", del Potro said in his on-court interview.

Despite lasting just short of five hours - the longest match of the tournament thus far - the quality never waned, and while the ninth seed appeared to have more left in the tank, Nadal's grit and determination dragged him through. "A question of a little bit of luck at the end". He's a great guy, a great player. Thiem had the serve holding a 5-4 lead with a chance to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

The Spaniard will come up against another big-hitter Juan Martin Del Potro in the semis.

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By virtue of losing the opening set against John Isner, Del Potro ensured the US Open will remain the only grand slam in the Open era where no man has won the singles title without dropping a set.

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