Nadal edges Thiem in US Open marathon

Basilashvili won a thrilling third set tiebreak

In a match that lasts 4 hours and 49 minutes, Dominic Thiem's shot goes long, giving Rafael Nadal the win in a tiebreak.

Rafa finally started to play with more aggression in set number three, saving a break point at 2-2 before wasting two game points in game seven and allowing Thiem to break him with a return victor.

Thiem, who lost to Nadal in the French Open final but had beaten the Spaniard three times in 10 previous meetings, struck 74 winners, including 24 with his stylish single-handed backhand, to keep the champion under constant pressure.

"I suffered, that's the right word", said Nadal after playing his longest ever match at the tournament.

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

He will play Argentine third seed Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 champion, in Friday's semi-finals.

"He's young, he has plenty of time to win big tournaments, and he has everything, no?"

"The only thing I was thinking was to finish the first set and try to forget about the start and stay in the match in the second set".

Nadal had to regroup again for the fifth set.

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After offering little resistance in the first set, in which he won just seven points, the more versatile Nadal adjusted. He played a good match. The southpaw went down a break in the third and fourth sets as Thiem simply never backed off from making winners off both the wings.

Most players would have been left deflated after falling behind in such a manner but Thiem was not in that category - the former world number four raising his game another level to take out the tie-break, having surrendered 3-1 and 4-2 leads against Nadal, who saved six break points in the set.

Coric rallied for deuce but double faulted to give Del Potro another break point opportunity and conceded the set with an unforced error.

"I could change my return position‚ and this helped me a lot". Raonic needed treatment on his back after the fourth set.

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's going to be stuck in my mind", he said. After that first set, then the match became more normal.

Twenty-four hours after Roger Federer fell to John Millman, his old rival avoided following him out of the tournament, but only just.

"Whatever the humidity is on outer courts or in the city, I think it's amplified on centre court", Isner said.

"Sad for him because when arrive this moment, he did all the things well to win the match", Nadal said of Thiem. Thiem certainly has the game to trouble the number one seed, as proven by his three career victories, and he is well capable of hitting the lines with regularity which will be the key to success for the Austrian.

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