Nadal 'bagelled' but survives Thiem test to reach semis

07 September, 2018, 11:04 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Basilashvili won a thrilling third set tiebreak

It was the fourth win for Nadal in four Grand Slam matches against Thiem, the most recent coming in May's French Open Final.

"He has a great attitude and is a great fighter", added Nadal.

"I'm sorry for him but I'm sure he'll have his chances in the future without a doubt". "That's one more today", he said after his 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/5) win.

The official U.S. Open record book only lists the two longest U.S. Open men's singles matches of all time.

"It was an wonderful victory over one of the best players right now". Thiem collected 24 of the opening set's 31 points, thanks in large part to a 13-3 edge in winners.

Thiem was a straight sets victor over fifth-seed Kevin Anderson to set up a repeat of French Open final, where Nadal triumphed.

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Thiem - with his girlfriend and fellow tennis player Kristina Mladenovic watching from the stands where Hollywood star Ben Stiller was also present - played well, however, Nadal was just too good as he executed the third of three set points on his opponent's serve to claim the momentum. "It was a very tough start, I tried to stay in the match in the second set", the Spaniard said on court. I think I did what I have to do. "I fight until the end, so it's always was question of a little bit of luck at the end". I'm happy, of course, to be in the semi-finals again. "But in some way, being honest, I had a very tough injury in 2005".

Nadal's performance came 24 hours after another of the game's legends took center stage under the lights on Ashe. After the match, he told the crowd he felt badly for Thiem but suggested the best is yet to come for the young Austrian.

Rafael Nadal avoided suffering the same fate as Roger Federer as Flushing Meadows witnessed more late-night drama. 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. Moving head-to-head in the thrilling clash, the tie-breaker in the decisive set seemed to be the fitting end of the match. But Nadal again was game, breaking Thiem in the eighth game to tie the set, 4-4 on a challenged Thiem backhand that was just excruciatingly long. I'm really looking forward to play him on hard court for the first time.

Thiem had never passed the fourth round at Flushing Meadows, but the Austrian, who turns 25 on Monday, served almost perfectly and gave the 6ft8in South African little time to unleash his mammoth groundstrokes.

Pliskova is a big server and hitter in her own right, someone who briefly spent time at No. 1 in the WTA rankings and was the runner-up at the U.S. Open in 2016, when she beat Williams in the semifinals.

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