'I'm very sorry': Nadal's classy words for shattered Thiem

'I'm very sorry': Nadal's classy words for shattered Thiem

'I'm very sorry': Nadal's classy words for shattered Thiem

The he hit the on button.

But the 17-time grand slam champion battled back to win the second and third sets before Thiem came out on top of an 81-minute fourth set to take the match into a nerve-wracking decider.

"This match is going to be stuck in my mind forever - tennis is cruel sometimes", Thiem, comprehensively beaten by Nadal in June's French Open final, told reporters.

"Very demanding in all aspects", Nadal said of his triumph at a post-match media conference. "Have been a very tough start for me".

'I feel sorry for Dominic, he is a great guy and a great player. Why? "I think because Basilashvili just relaxed, for the first two sets he is too far from the baseline, he is not doing too much with the ball", Wilander said.

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

The Spaniards semi-final opponent will be third-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, who beat American John Isner 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2 earlier in the day.

It was only the fourth time in his long grand slam history that Nadal had lost a set 6-0 and just the third time at any level in almost seven years.

"Sad for him because when arrive this moment, he did all the things well to win the match", Nadal said of Thiem. The way it ended up in the fifth set tiebreaker, there it's 50/50. He was ready for battle.

Spanish tennis participant Rafael Nadal superior to the semifinals of the U.S. Open, 5 events beating the consultant of Austria, Dominic Thiem with a rating of zero:6, 6:four, 7:5, 6:7 (four:7), 7:6 (7:5). This time, Thiem broke first in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. "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".

Nadal won the third set 7-5, and seemed to be on the verge of winning the fourth.

In the fourth set, Thiem once again took control early, breaking Nadal to take a 2-1 lead.

The Austrian was often in the driver's seat and closed out points against Nadal, the best defender in the game, with his backhand. That was the first set dropped by del Potro in the tournament. The two were neck-in-neck at 5-5 when Nadal carved out a match point with his forehand. He was visibly upset as Thiem won the game to force a tiebreak. Unfortunately for Thiem, he's going to have to remember the fact that, after running, fighting, swinging, and sweating for 4 hours and 49 minutes, he came up two points short of victory.

The fourth set was more of the same, with both players pushing themselves in the hot and humid conditions.

Del Potro will no doubt head into that match with real confidence after seeing Thiem's success in hitting through the three-time victor, while the amount of time spent on court can't be helping Nadal's troublesome knee.

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