Monday, 24 September, 2018

Nadal and Thiem quarterfinal match should be a dandy one

Basilashvili won a thrilling third set tiebreak Basilashvili won a thrilling third set tiebreak
| 06 September, 2018, 02:33

It was the longest match of the 69 that Nadal has played at the U.S. Open.

"The crowd was really rooting for me and I felt so bad because everyone out here was cheering and I wasn't winning so I thought I had to try harder", Williams said courtside. It's the first time he won the match after that kind of start. Tough match against a great opponent. And it was the way Nadal won - with power and tireless energy, matching his younger opponent's athleticism and appearing to grow stronger with each monstrous forehand - that told the story of how the two best players in the world have fared in recent months.

And, as the tense match went on, the French professional tennis player seemed to get more emotional.

"A very well-educated guy". Me, too, I think.

"If we skip the first set, it was a really open match from beginning to the end".

Stephens lacked the swagger she showed through the opening four rounds and wilted in the sun-baked daytime conditions against Sevastova, who became the first Latvian woman to reach the US Open semi-finals. "It's good to have now two days that probably give me the chance to be 100 per cent in the semi-finals".

Nadal met the Austrian in the quarter-finals of the USA open, a tournament the Spaniard has won four times.

Rafael Nadal vs. Dominic Thiem went on long into the small hours, with Nadal eventually prevailing in a pulsating deciding-set tiebreak.

The Argentine sent down nine aces and 33 winners to seal a one-sided victory over the 20th seed in just over two hours, with Coric making 30 unforced errors to undermine his own cause.


Both players took a 10-minute break between the third and fourth sets as part of the extreme heat policy that has been enforced at Flushing Meadows this year.

No. 1 Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-5) in a four-hour, 49-minute marathon that ended at 2:03 a.m. Wednesday.

Perhaps Thiem, after a change of socks and shoes, looked the fresher going into the decider but he needed to save two break points at 2-2, one with an ace, to maintain parity. It's cruel sometimes tennis, because I think this match didn't really deserve a loser. "A question of a little bit of luck at the end".

Thiem at least knows that even if all three of his wins against Nadal have been on clay, they were still key moments.

"He's a great guy".

It's Theim's best ever performance at a US Open, but commentator John McEnroe says the Austrian will need to dig deep to come back from this defeat.

It looked like the Austrian, a day past his 25th birthday, had cracked at 5-5 in the fifth but he fought back from 0-40 with one of the points of the match coming at deuce when took three overheads away.

Nadal will now face Juan Martin del Potro in a repeat of last year's semi-final.

He then rallied past Taylor Fritz 3-6 6-3 7-6 6-4 before beating 2017 finalist Kevin Anderson in straight sets 7-5 6-2 7-6. "But I don't play dropshots when I see the player struggling or bending over, no", Sevastova said.

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