Nadal on epic US Open match: 'I suffered, that's the right word'

Nikoloz Basilashvili demonstrated great power from the baseline

Nikoloz Basilashvili demonstrated great power from the baseline

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When asked if he suffered during the match, Nadal said: "That's the right word". "It was a real battle".

"I am playing a lot of hours on this attractive stadium, that does not bother me - it just bothers my legs", he said. For me it was... "He is young and has plenty of time to win tournaments".

Perhaps Thiem, after a change of socks and shoes, looked the fresher going into the decider but he needed to save two break points at 2-2, one with an ace, to maintain parity.

Thiem did not relent, however, and kept hammering away from the baseline to earn a chance to serve for the third set up 5-4. It's cruel sometimes tennis, because I think this match didn't really deserve a loser. "But I think he was also not on his top level in the first set - for sure not".

"It will be a very tough one", Nadal added of his last-four tie. In the last game of the third set, he ran Thiem from corner to corner before squeezing back-to-back backhand down the line winners and taking the 12th game to deuce. It was in the fifth and final set of the game that the Spaniard showed his prowess and overpowered a rampant Austrian 7-6, advancing to the semi-finals of the US Open. "I fight until the end, so it's always was question of a little bit of luck at the end". I am focused on trying to make that happen. "He's a fighter, he has a great attitude". Also, the Spaniard is now 45-3 this season, making it one of his best starts of the year and giving him a clear lead over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on the ATP Race list.

While that encounter was settled in straight sets, Thiem was agonisingly close to his first major victory over Nadal on this occasion, and seeing the opportunity slip from his grasp is something that he says will never leave him.

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Though the match was played in the night session, allowing Nadal and Thiem to avoid the searing daytime temperatures that have had a significant impact on the tournament, the ninth seed still felt the conditions played their part.

Nadal had said he was sorry to defeat to Thiem, who joked: "I don't think he's really sorry".

The two players combined for 129 winners-74 for Thiem, 55 for Nadal-and Thiem actually won six more points overall than Nadal did.

Next up for Nadal will be Juan Martin del Potro, who advanced to the semis via a four-set win over American John Isner.

Sevastova, who retired from tennis in 2013 due to injuries before returning in 2015, almost let Stephens into the match in the second set as the American twice pulled back on serve at 2-1 and again at 4-3, but the fightback proved short-lived.

"When I get to a grand slam, I feel I want to play really hard".

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.

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