Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Nadal through after five-set thriller

Nadal through after five-set thriller

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. But Thiem saved all three break points before denying Nadal a fourth opportunity with a stunning volley at the end of a remarkable point.

The he hit the on button.

It was the second time someone had taken a set 6-0 against Nadal at the US Open, with Andy Roddick doing so en route to a straight sets win in 2004.

Nadal said: "It was very demanding in all aspects".

"It's been a great battle, the conditions were tough, a lot of humidity". But I have to say, the last two sets the level of tennis was incredible.

"I said to Dominic: 'I'm very sorry and keep going.' He has plenty of time to win".

And Thiem, the only man to beat Nadal on clay for the last two seasons, set about showing his opponent he meant serious business in his first grand slam quarter-final outside of the French Open.

There were no breaks of serve in the deciding set and a second tiebreak ensued.

"For both the spectators and players".

Thiem returned the favor, breaking Nadal again to cut the set to 5-4.

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Nadal had to regroup again for the fifth set.

A 10-minute break will be allowed between the second and third sets of women's singles matches if either player requests one. He was ready for battle.

Rafael Nadal was pushed to the very limit by a spirited Dominic Thiem in their US Open quarter-final on Tuesday night, with the Spanaird prevailing 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) in a blockbuster tie at Flushing Meadows.

The third set was another grind. He played a good match. Thiem then grabbed a 4-3 lead in the third which he stretched to 5-3 but then it was his turn to crack as Nadal raced away with three games to claim a two sets to one lead. He came within two points of victory late in the fourth set before being pushed to a fifth, where he was two points from a loss.

The Austrian was often in the driver's seat and closed out points against Nadal, the best defender in the game, with his backhand.

The Austrian hung his head before being consoled by Nadal who then held his arms aloft in celebration and relief.

Rafael Nadal watched as his opponent hit an overhead beyond the baseline on match point and then dropped his racket to his side.

The fourth set was a wild 81-minute ride that began with Thiem facing break points, saw the Austrian threaten a double break before being pegged back and then a tired Nadal miss a chance to win the match.

Those choruses resonated in the arena after key points, such as each time del Potro erased one of Isner's break chances, three in all.

Find out how to watch Nadal vs Thiem live online streaming with or without cable when the match starts at approximately 9 pm EST, or when the previous match concludes.

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