Nadal: I fought until the end

Ross Houston
September 5, 2018

"I'm very, very sorry for Dominic", Nadal said. He has plenty of time to win.

What was most impressive in a match that featured brilliant shot-making and powerful, line-clipping groundstrokes over the course of almost five hours was that Thiem looked to be the fresher player compared to the 17-time Grand Slam champion who is known for his fight on the court.

Thiem has endured some tough moments in NY so far, including a come-from-behind five-set victory over Steve Johnson in the second round, but he put on a more assured performance in the fourth round when he steamrollered the risky Kevin Anderson in straight sets.

The Argentine sent down nine aces and 33 winners to seal a one-sided victory over the 20th seed in just over two hours, with Coric making 30 unforced errors to undermine his own cause. He faces Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals Friday. 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.

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. He was two points from victory at 6-5, deuce, in the fourth as Thiem served, but flubbed a forehand volley, leaping for a ball that appeared to be sailing out and dumping it into the net.

In the first Nadal was all over the place, totally unable to find any rhythm and a set down after just 26 minutes when he won just seven points.

"There's other guys that are big servers that I've played better against".

But Anderson couldn't get anything going in this matchup with Thiem, who won 41 of 45 points (91 percent) and never faced a break point.

Nadal leads their head-to-head 7-3 with all of their matches coming on clay courts, including in the final of Roland Garros in June when he captured an 11th French Open. Me, too, I think. But there has to be one.


However, Raonic who hails from Thornhill, Ont., sought treatment from a trainer for a hip issue before the start of the fifth set.

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. He walked quietly to the center of the court, then stepped over the net and embraced 25-year-old Dominic Thiem.

Where can I stream Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem? . "I mean, he's a great guy". I didn't want to come back out'. I told him I was sorry and that he is good, he is a fighter.

Del Potro reached the semifinals for the third time, defeating John Isner 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 and ending American hopes of a first men's champion at the event since 2003.


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