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Nadal edges Thiem in 5th-set tiebreaker at Open

Nadal edges Thiem in 5th-set tiebreaker at Open

Nadal leads 11-5, including the past three, each at a Grand Slam tournament: in the semifinals of the U.S. Open last year, followed by the semifinals of the French Open and a five-set thriller in the Wimbledon quarterfinals this year.

The he hit the on button.

Nadal recovered from losing the first set without winning a game to win 0-6 6-4 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-5) in a gruelling four hour and-49-minute epic.

"Very demanding in all aspects", Nadal said later.

"The conditions were tough, a lot of humidity". For me it was a very tough start.

Tennis great Rafael Nadal outlasted Dominic Thiem in an epic, grueling five-set quarterfinal, turning around his performance from a disastrous opening set to clinch the match in dramatic style.

Facing his semi-final against Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, Nadal hopes to rest before the challenge against an opponent who plays well on all surfaces.

"For both the spectators and players".

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Back firmly to the wall, the 25-year-old got his one-handed backhand to work again, while belting out excellent serve after serve to force the fourth set to a tie break. That mistake might have stayed in Nadal's head, because he played terribly in the ensuing tiebreaker. 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).

He fell behind by a break in the third set before rebounding. "I'm happy that I did this for the first time, even if it went the wrong way". Thiem had the serve holding a 5-4 lead with a chance to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Thiem faced Kevin Anderson (5) in the fourth round and won in straight sets.

But she trailed by a break in the opening set, and then was a point from being behind 4-1, before turning things around. He came within two points of victory late in the fourth set before being pushed to a fifth, where he was two points from a loss. Law and Whitaker say it feels like there's an irresistible force behind del Potro that's pushing him to the title.

Leading 6-5 with a chance to take match point, Nadal mishit what looked like an easy volley into the net. But after Nadal came within two points of victory, Thiem wound up taking the fourth set 7-6 (4). "He made one more point than me".

Nadal's ability to look only forward and forget what went before is one of his most important strengths and he set about turning around the match, closing in on the baseline, forcing Thiem to play one more ball and, eventually, to go for too much.

Despite that, the 29-year-old was never broken in the 3 hour 31 minute match where Isner unleashed 26 aces but was undone by 52 unforced errors compared to Del Potro's 14.


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