Nadal feeling fortunate after edging Thiem in thriller

Rafael Nadal

Nadal's performance came 24 hours after another of the game's legends took center stage under the lights on Ashe. It's a match that we know each other very well.

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

Nadal ultimately prevailed at 2:04 a.m., 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5).

"Maybe not if the player is inferior to you, but if it he's not inferior, or is of a similar level". ESPN captured that perfectly in a triumphant photo of the 32-year-old.

He saved 12 break points, including three while serving at 5-5, 0-40 in the fifth set.

Dominic Thiem will remember the day he nearly beat Rafael Nadal at a Grand Slam. "I guess to keep your cool and be a good sport is very important".

Sevastova came into the match having broken her opponent's serve a tournament-leading 23 times.

Nadal had defeated Thiem in the Roland Garros final in June but this was their first meeting away from a clay court. "When the things happen like this, the atmosphere and the crowd become more special".

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. For the match, he hit 74 winners and 18 aces and stole six break points to Nadal's five.

"Yeah, it's going to be stuck in my mind forever", Thiem said after the match.

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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.

Find out how to watch Nadal vs Thiem live online streaming with or without cable when the match starts at approximately 9 pm EST, or when the previous match concludes.

Thiem broke three times in a 24-minute first set on Tuesday, handing Nadal just his third "bagel" at a Grand Slam.

The Austrian blasted 13 winners, made only two unforced errors and allowed Nadal just seven points in winning an extraordinary opening set.

There were no breaks of serve in the deciding set and a second tiebreak ensued.

Nadal could easily have wrapped it up in the fourth set and missed five break points in the decider, but found a way to take one last opportunity against Thiem and his flowing single handed backhand.

The end of the third set was representative of this dynamic.

Nadal holds an 11-5 record against Del Potro.

"To reach the semifinal again here in NY in my favourite tournament is very special to me", said Del Potro after his eighth win over Isner in 12 meetings. Del Potro beat John Isner in a match that played out as most people expected.

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