Red-hot Thiem hands Nadal rare bagel at US Open

Iron man Dominic Thiem celebrates after beating Kevin Anderson

Iron man Dominic Thiem celebrates after beating Kevin Anderson

On the previous three such occasions, he'd lost. The period of the standoff was four hours and forty nine minutes.

The defending champion needed almost five hours to defeat ninth seed Dominic Thiem in a deciding tie-break after losing the opening set 6-0 and will face Juan Martin del Potro on Friday in a rematch of last year's semi-final.

How tense and tight was this one?

Nadal seemed to be on the verge of cracking the code when he broke back in the fourth and came within two points of winning the match.

Thiem held on for the tie-break, where another unexpected Nadal error, this time a short forehand into the net, sent the match into a deciding set.

"I would say the first really epic match that I played". He is a close friend on tour and a great player. "I mean, it's cruel sometimes tennis, because I think this match didn't really deserve a loser". 1 Novak Djokovic in the final.

Nadal won just seven points as the Austrian rained down winners from all angles.

Nadal appreciated his victory as much as Williams appreciated hers. He was visibly upset as Thiem won the game to force a tiebreak.

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"Sad for him because when arrive this moment, he did all the things well to win the match", Nadal said of Thiem.

Naturally, Nadal was exhausted following the quarter-final win. Thiem is a top-10 player himself (he's now ranked No. 9), a star in his own right who some consider to be the heir apparent to Nadal. Still, this whole contest was filled with challenges for Nadal. Having seen his lead disappear, Thiem faltered from 40-15 up in the 12th game to concede three straight games at the set to Nadal.

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After Nadal roared back to take a 2-1 lead, the fourth set went to a tiebreak. "I don't know if I can get a new one, but I'm doing all my best to try to get it again".

When Nadal makes it this far in NY, he usually doesn't stumble.

The two big men battered each other to near exhaustion in the heat and humidity but it was the third seed who proved the stronger to prevail 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 in three-and-a-half hours. He grimaced. He shook his head.

'I think from the third set he moved a little bit up. "It's just very hard to deal with". I didn't expect to receive a trophy after losing in the quarter-finals. She received a wild card into last year's U.S. Open and became the youngest player ever to make the girls' final. Del Potro beat John Isner in a match that played out as most people expected. "I hope that we have many more in the future with a different end". Still, it was Isner who struck first, closing the opening tiebreaker with a 132 miles per hour (212 kph) ace down the middle.

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

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