Dominic Thiem ousts SA's Kevin Anderson from US Open

Dominic Thiem ousts SA's Kevin Anderson from US Open

Dominic Thiem ousts SA's Kevin Anderson from US Open

Nadal, the defending champion, was "bagelled" in the first set as the Spaniard won only seven points.

Rafael Nadal acknowledged he was fortunate to claim a thrilling US Open quarter-final victory over Dominic Thiem, who he conceded did everything possible to claim victory.

In an interview after his titanic battle, the 32-year-old Nadal gave credit to his opponent saying the match was very demanding in all aspects after almost five hours on court.

Remarkably, Thiem was the first top-20 player Nadal has faced at Flushing Meadows since his final win over Novak Djokovic in 2013, with last year's title seeing him take on a succession of unexpected opponents.

Nadal moves to 8-3 all time against the Austrian to set up a semifinal match against No. 3 seed Juan Martín del Potro on Friday.

In an epic encounter that saw both players come up with some brilliant tennis, Nadal called on all his experience as he battled hot and humid conditions to triumph in a deciding set tiebreak after Thiem sent a smash long.

"He's young, he has plenty of time to win big tournaments", he said on court. This sport is tough, so it's so easy to get very frustrated out there on the court when things aren't going your way. The fifth set brought a great tennis as well, with Thiem saving two break points at 2-2 to remain on the positive side of the scoreboard. "I'm playing a lot of hours this year at this attractive stadium".

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"I am the guy to look at myself", Nadal said. The world No 1 and three-time victor at Flushing Meadows came within two points of victory, but Thiem wound up taking the fourth set on a tiebreak.

Thiem was a straight sets victor over fifth-seed Kevin Anderson to set up a repeat of French Open final, where Nadal triumphed.

Coric rallied for deuce but double faulted to give Del Potro another break point opportunity and conceded the set with an unforced error.

"I'm very sorry for Dominic", Nadal told a rowdy crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium. But the challenge of playing him on hard of course is even higher for me personally than playing against him on clay, like happened in Roland Garros.

After holding at love in game 11, Rafa converted the third set point with a forehand down the line victor for four games in a row and 7-5, moving a set away from the place in the semi-final. "Besides this first set, it was just an open and great game".

World #1 Rafael Nadal will look to continue his US Open title-defence when he takes on ninth seed Dominic Thiem, who is competing in his first Grand Slam quarterfinal away from the clay and a fourth overall.

"It was not on my mind, but I was pretty close past year", Thiem said. "He will have his chances in the future without a doubt", Nadal said.

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