06 September, 2018, 02:34 | Author: George Williams
That's just what the 17-time Grand Slam champion did over the course of a 4-hour 49-minute epic that concluded at 2:04 a.m. on Wednesday, September 5.
Nadal began his US Open campaign with a victory when his compatriot former world #3 David Ferrer was forced to retire in the second set, in what was his final Grand Slam appearance.
Top seed Rafael Nadal has been pushed all the way in his US Open quarter final, needing five sets and almost five hours to overcome Austria's Dominic Thiem, in a match that finished after 2am NY time.
Two successive breaks of serve allowed Williams to win her eighth game in a row and open up a 4-0 lead, and she saw off a brief fightback from Pliskova before sending down her 13th ace to seal the match in one hour and 26 minutes.
However, the 32-year-old Spanish top seed recovered to lead two sets to one before Thiem levelled in a tie-break.
He always plays with - plays and practices with a great attitude and sad for him because when arrives this moment, he did all the things well to win the match.
He said: "I have my trophy at home". Dominic had 13 winners and just two unforced error and it was impossible for Nadal to keep that pace, losing serve at 15 in the opening game of the match after a forehand victor from Thiem. "I don't know if I can get a new one, but I'm doing all my best to try to get it again". 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. But, as in the second set, when the time came to keep his foot on Nadal's throat, he instead loosened the pressure and lived to regret it. Thiem was broken serving for the set and then could not hold on for the tie-break, saving two set points but not a third after planting a volley wide with the whole of the court available. "Me, too. I fought until the end". I told him I was sorry and that he is good, he is a fighter. "Had been a very tough start for me". The way it ended up in the fifth set tiebreaker, from there it's 50-50.
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.
7-6 (7-5) after four hours and 48 minutes to set up a clash with Juan Martin del Potro. "He's a great friend on tour, great player".
The reigning US Open champion will meet another veteran, the Argentine 2009 victor Juan Martin del Potro, in the next round. "But in some way, being honest, I had a very tough injury in 2005". In fact, Nadal never faced match point, and Thiem faced only one all night.
Nadal, who was on court for four hours and 48 minutes in a tie which finished at 2.04am local time in NY (7.04am BST), commented on the humidity of the playing conditions that has troubled so many players in this year's Open, and broke down his performance. I think we nearly all the time have great matches. I don't want to lose against anybody.
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