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

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates after defeating Dominic Thiem, of Austria, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, early on Wednesday in NY.

Most players would have been left deflated after falling behind in such a manner but Thiem was not in that category - the former world number four raising his game another level to take out the tie-break, having surrendered 3-1 and 4-2 leads against Nadal, who saved six break points in the set.

But in a titanic battle worthy of a final, with stunning winners on both racquets and breathtaking defence, top seed Nadal rallied to outlast Thiem 0-6 6-4 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-5) in the longest match of this year's tournament - four hours and 49 minutes.

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.

"It's been a great battle", an exhausted Nadal said. "The conditions were tough and very humid", he said.

"It's cruel, sometimes, tennis", Thiem said, calling the loss "the first really epic match I've played".

For the finals of the U.S. Open to Nadal, being the primary racket of the world, will compete with Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, sown by the third quantity.

"I'm very sorry for Dominic", Nadal told a rowdy crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

This was only the fourth time in 282 career Grand Slam matches that Nadal has been bagelled in a set - on the three previous occasions, he lost.

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It was only the fourth time in his long grand slam history that Nadal had lost a set 6-0 and just the third time at any level in almost seven years.

"I'm so happy to reach another semi-finals in my favourite tournament", del Potro said in his on-court interview. He is a close friend on tour and a great player.

"Being honest I am just very, very sorry for Dominic".

It looked like the Austrian, a day past his 25th birthday, had cracked at 5-5 in the fifth but he fought back from 0-40 with one of the points of the match coming at deuce when took three overheads away.

"It's going to be stuck in my mind forever..." Until the fifth-set tiebreaker, the first contested so far this tournament, it was truly any man's game to win. But, as in the second set, when the time came to keep his foot on Nadal's throat, he instead loosened the pressure and lived to regret it.

The Austrian hung his head before being consoled by Nadal who then held his arms aloft in celebration and relief.

Tennis. US Open. 1/four finals. But the challenge of playing him on hard of course is even higher for me personally than playing against him on clay.

The disappointment of failing to create a first match point seemed to weigh on him in the tiebreak and he played it dreadfully, showing rare confusion in going 0-3 down and then losing it 7-4.

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