Rafael Nadal survives late-night marathon against Dominic Thiem

Mae Harvey
September 5, 2018

Croatia's Borna Coric (L) and Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro shake hands after del Potro won their men's singles tennis match on Day Seven of the 2018 US Open, New York, USA on September 2, 2018. Nadal leads the series 7-3.

Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem is on the rise in recent years on the ATP World Tour.

Thiem beat Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (2), denying the fifth-seeded South African a second shot at Nadal.

Giants collide when third-seeded del Potro - who claimed his lone Grand Slam title at the 2009 US Open - takes on Isner - the last American main remaining in the draw - for a semi-final berth.

Thiem at least knows that even if all three of his wins against Nadal have been on clay, they were still key moments.

"To play John in these kind of matches, it's like an epic". A chorus of boo's ensued at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Isner had the crowd behind him on every point, and the 6-foot-11 American pumped his fist on every victor. "I hope to be ready to make that happen". "This atmosphere is like a jungle".

Raonic cruised to a straight-sets victory over Wawrinka in a match that lasted a little over two hours.

Ninth seed Thiem became the first player since Andy Roddick in 2004 to win a love set against Nadal in NY but the defending champion once again dug deep to come out on top of a gruelling battle played in more punishing humidity.

She posts cute couple posts too, her latest being a snap of the pair with the caption: "Last night".

The defending champion has been severely tested in each of his last three matches, with Karen Khachanov and Nikoloz Basilashvili also taking a set off him, but the 32-year-old remains one of the greatest fighters in sporting history and he overcame another major hurdle.

He keeps his phone ringer on loud and in his bag at all times in case a mad dash home is needed.

Thiem opened his tournament in NY by thrashing Sofia champion Mirza Basic 6-3 6-1 6-4. "For me it was a tough start".

"One of my best matches ever", Thiem said of his dazzling performance in an on-court interview, calling his quarter-final berth "a dream coming true".

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. "With this crowd anything is possible and we will see what will happen". "I thought he defended amazingly", said Wimbledon runner-up Anderson. "It wasn't meant to be".

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

The Austrian blasted 13 winners, made only two unforced errors and allowed Nadal just seven points in winning an extraordinary opening set. "I don't really like to hear when somebody considers me a clay-court specialist, I don't consider myself this way".

"I just wish him all the very very best". "I feel like I've improved so much in my game, mentally", said Shapovalov. He was agonizingly close to getting there a year ago at the US Open, leading by two sets against del Potro in the round of 16 before the 2009 champion roared back to win. "It was very painful".

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