US Open 2018: Nadal survives 5-set thriller against Thiem
Rafael Nadal survived an onslaught from Dominic Thiem to progress into the semi-finals of the US Open 2018.
The duo battled for 4 hours and 49 minutes at the Flushing Meadows as the Spaniard, finally, won the 5th set tie-breaker.
Nadal, who lost the first set, pocketed the thrilling tie 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7, 7-6.
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Rafa Survives❗— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) September 5, 2018
In one of the matches of the year, @RafaelNadal battles past Dominic Thiem 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7(4), 7-6(5).
Is the No.1️⃣ seed on his way to a 4️⃣th 🏆 in Flushing Meadows?
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Nadal eyeing his second Slam of the year
Defending champion Nadal will be up against Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-final.
Nadal is looking to win his second Slam of the year.
He, earlier, won the French Open this year.
There is a possibility that he could face Djokovic in the finale, provided both the players win their matches.
The quarters match finished at 2:03 AM local time.
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Nadal's words of encouragement for Thiem
Nadal stated after his victory that Thiem is really good. He is a fighter with the right attitude to win big tournaments.
"I said to Dominic: 'I'm very sorry and keep going.' He has plenty of time to win. He will have his chances in the future without a doubt," Nadal said.
He also added that this was a great battle.
Thiem tests Rafa in cracking match
Credit to Thiem for a superb start as he handed Rafa a rare bagel. The 24-minute opening set left everybody stunned. For the third time, Nadal was tested at the US Open, this year, and on all three occasions he came out stronger.
US Open Tennis
Juan Martin del Potro