US Open 2018: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem in epic quarter-final

Dominic Thiem bisects the baseline as he serves to Kevin Anderson

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.

The last time Nadal failed to get on the scoreboard in an opening set was against Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Miami Open a year ago, though he went on to win the other sets 6-2 and 6-3.

Nadal was once again able to recover after going down a break, forcing the set to a tie-breaker.

Del Potro admitted the 33-degree temperatures proved a real challenge with the 10-minute heat rule allowing the players a welcome respite after the third set.

The marathon tussle continued in the fifth and final set, Thiem fending off a triple break point by coming from love-40 down to make Nadal serve to stay in the championship and three-time US Open victor did before prevailing in a do-or-die tie-breaker. Nadal held serve to win his first game of the match to start the second set and dug deep in a grueling back-and-forth classic to advance to the semifinals, 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7, 7-6.

Nadal could easily have wrapped it up in the fourth set and missed five break points in the decider, but found a way to take one last opportunity against Thiem and his flowing single handed backhand.

There was no let-up in the tie-break and, after four hours and 49 minutes, it was Nadal who claimed victory when Thiem sent a smash long.

Thiem made him work for this win. That was the first set dropped by del Potro in the tournament.

Nadal will now face the third-seeded Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals.

Nadal holds his arms aloft after beating Basilashvili
Nadal holds his arms aloft after beating Basilashvili

If ever there was a reminder that fans should appreciate the game's largest figures while they can, Tuesday night at the U.S. Open was it.

Nadal may not be as scucsessul in NY as he is in Paris, but with three US Open titles to his name, he's still won more than most and his pedigree started to show as the second set started. The Spaniard prevailed in four sets, but Basilashvili played an awesome tennis hitting a lot of winners.

The U.S. open championship 2018 will finish on 9 September. Until the fifth-set tiebreaker, the first contested so far this tournament, it was truly any man's game to win.

But Sevastova broke again to go up 3-1. I had the passion to keep going always'.

"I think in the last three sets I improved".

The third set was another grind. In the last four she will play Anastasija Sevastova, who knocked out reigning champion Sloane Stephens. "It's good to have now two days (without a match) that probably give me the chance to be 100 percent in the semi-finals". "I'm happy that I did this for the first time, even if it went the wrong way".

Williams and Stephens first have to win quarterfinal matches Tuesday.

The Arthur Ashe Stadium may never have seen the ball hit consistently harder in this rematch of the French Open final than it was from the second set onwards.

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