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Nadal through after five-set thriller

Nadal through after five-set thriller

Spanish tennis participant Rafael Nadal superior to the semifinals of the U.S. Open, 5 events beating the consultant of Austria, Dominic Thiem with a rating of zero:6, 6:four, 7:5, 6:7 (four:7), 7:6 (7:5).

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 fifth set was very tight, with Thiem saving two break points at 2-2 and again saved three more at 5-5 for the match to go on to be decided by a tiebreaker, which Nadal won 7-5 to reach the semi-finals and stay on course to defend his title.

The seven-time Grand Slam victor Mats Wilander deeply analyzed the fourth round US Open match between Rafael Nadal and Nikoloz Basilashvili.

"What is important about this match is the level of tennis, the dramatic match", Nadal said in his news conference shortly after play ended. This sport is tough, so it's so easy to get very frustrated out there on the court when things aren't going your way.

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

Nadal said that losing the first set by 6-0 was not in his plan but he accepted it with "humility", while in the fifth he had "more options" than Thiem.

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.

"I am the guy to look at myself", Nadal said. "But in 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". Message sent. One point later, Thiem double faulted, only his second of the match, first of the set.

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

In the last game of the third set, he ran Thiem from corner to corner before squeezing back-to-back backhand down the line winners and taking the 12th game to deuce.

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. He's a great guy, a close friend who will have many more opportunities to win the big titles. But, as in the second set, when the time came to keep his foot on Nadal's throat, he instead loosened the pressure and lived to regret it.

The Austrian was heartbroken but proud, saying: "It's going to be stuck in my mind forever".

Nadal holds an 11-5 record against Del Potro.

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

These two have faced one another 10 total includes including three times this year, though no previous meetings were during the US Open. Both maintained serves in the 120s and showed little sign of fatigue playing through long rallies more than four hours into the match. He played a good match.


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