'Defeat will stay with me forever,' says devastated Thiem

'Defeat will stay with me forever,' says devastated Thiem

'Defeat will stay with me forever,' says devastated Thiem

The longest match of the US Open so far saw top seed Nadal comprehensively beaten in the opening set, before showing all his enormous reserves of fight and spirit to knock out the ninth seed. Ninth seed Thiem became the first player since Andy Roddick in 2004 to win a love set against Nadal in NY but the defending champion once again dug deep to come out on top of a gruelling battle played in more punishing humidity.

But the 32-year-old rallied to win the next two sets before Thiem forced a decider by winning a tie-break. On Monday night, Roger Federer fell to unseeded John Millman, ending the world No. 2's dreams of capturing a title he hasn't won in a decade.

"I think in the last three sets I improved". After that first set, then the match became more normal. "It was a very tough start, I tried to stay in the match in the second set", he said on court after securing passage to the semifinals.

Nadal stole a break to stay in the set, held quickly for 6-5 and cashed his third set point on the Thiem serve with a missile of a forehand victor. "I mean, he's a great guy".

Nadal, facing his fellow seed away from clay for the first time after 10 previous meeting, was 30-29 when losing the first set at a major, but he rediscovered his best form to level the match, rising to the challenge by converting both break-point chances - having earned none in the first set - to halt the red-hot Thiem.

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

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Williams was on track to meet defending champion Sloane Stephens in the semi-finals but her third-seeded countrywoman was dumped out of the tournament via a 6-2, 6-3 loss to 19th seed Anastasija Sevastova. That's one more today. I fought until the end. "Had been a very tough start for me".

"I'm going to remember this match, for sure".

After holding at love in game 11, Rafa converted the third set point with a forehand down the line victor for four games in a row and 7-5, moving a set away from the place in the semi-final. It was in the fifth and final set of the game that the Spaniard showed his prowess and overpowered a rampant Austrian 7-6, advancing to the semi-finals of the US Open. "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". On this one, he managed to come back to win, although it took 4 hours, 49 minutes and never did get easy for him.

"Suffering is the right word", Nadal said. "But I don't play dropshots when I see the player struggling or bending over, no", Sevastova said. He is a close friend on tour and a great player. It's cruel sometimes tennis, because I think this match didn't really deserve a loser. "I don't know if I can get a new one, but I'm doing all my best to try to get it again".

Nadal ran into an inspired opponent for the second match in a row and was put through his paces by Nikoloz Basilashvili before eventually coming through 6-3, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4.

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