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Nadal Outlasts Thiem in Five-Set US Open Thriller

Nadal Outlasts Thiem in Five-Set US Open ThrillerNadal Outlasts Thiem in Five-Set US Open Thriller

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem in a grueling five-set quarterfinal, recovering from a disastrous opening set to clinch the match in dramatic style on Tuesday.

The defending champion saw off his younger Austrian opponent 0-6 6-4 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-5) in what was his longest match at the US Open in New York.

Top seed Nadal said “suffering” was the “right word” to describe the 4 hour, 48 minute contest, CNN reported.

The 32-year-old Nadal, a three-time champion at Flushing Meadows, will play third seed Juan Martín del Potro in the semifinals of the tennis tournament.

Nadal was overpowered by ninth seed Thiem -- the only man to beat him on clay for the last two seasons -- in the first set as the 25-year-old hit 13 winners and made only two unforced errors in an extraordinary start. But the 17-time grand slam champion battled back to win the second and third sets before Thiem came out on top of an 81-minute fourth set to take the match into a nerve-wracking decider.

At 5-5 and 0-40, Thiem saved all three break points and forced the fifth set into a tiebreak, but it was Nadal who came out on top when the Austrian sent a smash long.

It meant the Spaniard avoided following world No. 2 Roger Federer, who surprisingly lost to world No. 55 John Millman Monday, out of the competition.

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