Nadal sets up semi-final clash with Del Potro

In the Open championship of the USA on tennis in the men’s singles decided the first participants finals

In the early hours of Wednesday morning at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Nadal came from a set down to get past Thiem 0-6 6-4 7-5 6-7 (4) 7-6 (5) and set up a semi-final meeting against third-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina.

In a dramatic final set, Nadal saw five break points come and go before Thiem went long with a smash on the first match point.

Thiem, on a roll, took the opening set in just 24 minutes, breaking Nadal thrice.

In a battle between two gladiators, bot of whom refused to give up, World No. 1 and defending champion Rafael Nadal emerged unscathed, but not before he and Dominic Thiem gave the world a delectable display of high-quality tennis.

The top-ranked Spaniard improved to 8-2 in fourth-round matches in the US Open, rebounding from dropping the tiebreaker in the third set to break the Georgian's serve twice in the fourth set. But he dug in and trusted in his big weapons, and was rewarded, coming back to win 6-7 6-3 5-7 6-4 6-1. "After that first set, then the match became more normal", said Nadal.

Thiem, who had also tasted defeat against Nadal in this year's French Open, is a rising star of the game who has been on the wrong side of the Spaniard's warrior-like tenacity. It means a lot to me. 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. He saved 12 break points, including three while serving at 5-5, 0-40 in the fifth set.

But while Isner was playing before what could count as a home crowd, del Potro got all manner of support throughout, from the blue-and-white flags or soccer jerseys dotting the stands to the repeated singsong chants of his nickname, "Delpo", punctuated by clapping.

"To be honest, I am very, very sorry for Dominic", he added.

Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam champion seeking a first major since a 2017 Australian Open title won when she was pregnant with her daughter Olympia, will take on Karolina Pliskova for a semi-final spot after the eighth-seeded Czech beat Australian Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-4.

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

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

Stiller and Nadal go way back, as the actor has participated in charity tennis events with Nadal in the past. He then rallied past Taylor Fritz 3-6 6-3 7-6 6-4 before beating 2017 finalist Kevin Anderson in straight sets 7-5 6-2 7-6.

And Rusedski believes Thiem's best chance of knocking out Nadal is if he dictates matters from the baseline.

"First of all, I served really, really well today", Thiem said.

"It was one of my best matches ever‚" Thiem said.

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