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

US Open Dominic Thiem upends Kevin Anderson to reach the quarters

The seven-time Grand Slam victor Mats Wilander deeply analyzed the fourth round US Open match between Rafael Nadal and Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The battle lasted almost five hours and the match finished in the early morning with 0-6, 6-4,7-5, 6-7, 7-6 scoreline. In fact, Nadal never faced match point, and Thiem faced only one all night.

The 32-year-old Nadal was fortunate to triumph on another hot and humid night at Flushing Meadows, 24 hours after Roger Federer had been dumped out of the tournament by John Millman.

The Spaniard secured the break he wanted for 5-3 only to give it back but a sloppy game from Thiem, who turned 25 on Monday, handed him the set anyway. He's a great guy, a great player.

In the first Nadal was all over the place, totally unable to find any rhythm and a set down after just 26 minutes when he won just seven points. The fourth was an 81-minute rollercoaster ride, where Nadal came within two points of winning only for Thiem to take the tie-break. "Not insane, but tough", Nadal said. "A question of a little bit of luck at the end".

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.

"It's going to be stuck in my mind", he said.

Top-seeded junior Cori "Coco" Gauff won her second round match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, over Romanian Selma Stefania Cadar, before juniors matches were suspended because of the heat.




Next up for the top seed is a semi-final clash with big-serving Argentine and third seed Juan Martin del Potro.

Nadal is coming off a French Open championship and a stellar run on hard courts that included a title in Toronto last month. That mistake might have stayed in Nadal's head, because he played terribly in the ensuing tiebreaker. I am focused on trying to make that happen. Nadal looked poised to serve for the match holding a 40-0 lead in the game that included a double fault.

Asked about that at his news conference, Thiem said with a chuckle: "Well, I don't think he's really sorry".

The third set was another grind. Me, too, I think. "It's good to have now two days [without a match] that probably give me the chance to be 100 per cent in the semi-finals".

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Even the tiebreak was close, with Nadal edging ahead for 6-5 before the Austrian sent a ball sailing long to wrap up a long evening of brutal hitting.

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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