Nadal outlasts Thiem in marathon U.S. Open quarterfinal

Basilashvili won a thrilling third set tiebreak

The 32-year-old managed to clinch a 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) victory over his Austrian opponent in an epic five-set clash that lasted four hours and 49 minutes.

(AAP )Dominic Thiem pushed Rafael Nadal to five sets in their US Open quarter final.

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

Facing his semi-final against Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, Nadal hopes to rest before the challenge against an opponent who plays well on all surfaces.

At Wimbledon, Nadal came back from two sets to one down to win in five in a quarterfinal which stretched to nearly five hours.

"To reach the semifinal again here in NY in my favourite tournament is very special to me", said Del Potro after his eighth win over Isner in 12 meetings. "After that first set, then the match became more normal", said Nadal.

Nadal had to regroup again for the fifth set.

Thiem produced a stunning service exhibition‚ winning 91% of points on his first serve and never giving up a break point. For Mickelson, more than setting a record by playing his 12th Ryder Cup, the 48-year-old gets what he believes will be his last chance to capture that gold trophy away from home. Nadal's victory has come a day after his eternal rival Roger Federer was knocked out of the US Open in the round of 16 match by Australia's John Millman.

Thiem was a straight sets victor over fifth-seed Kevin Anderson to set up a repeat of French Open final, where Nadal triumphed.

Both players suffered in the humid conditions under the floodlights at Arthur Ashe Stadium, but Del Potro fed off the energy of the crowd, including a group of his friends who have traveled from his hometown Tandil to cheer him on.

"That's what I was preparing for", Thiem said.

World number one Nadal had only lost a set 6-0 at a grand slam on three previous occasions - the 2015 Australian Open, 2006 Wimbledon and the 2004 US Open - but that changed against rampant ninth seed Thiem in the opening set on Tuesday. He hit 19 winners in the fourth set-which was an 81-minute mini-classic all by itself-and won it in a tiebreaker.

The momentum was with Nadal but Thiem regrouped in the third set and began to again blast winners into the corners.

"I said to Dominic I am sorry". 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. Having looked the more tired of the two, it was Nadal who was applying the greater pressure and at 5-5, 0-40 it seemed this was his chance.

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

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