Nadal 'bagelled' but survives Thiem test to reach semis

Denis Shapovalov of Canada reacts after being defeated by Kevin Anderson of South Africa during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Friday Aug. 31 2018 in New York

"What is important about this match is the level of tennis, the dramatic match", Nadal said in his press conference shortly after play ended.

Third seed Juan Martin del Potro crushed Croatia's Borna Coric 6-4 6-3 6-1 at the U.S. Open on Sunday to set up a quarter-final clash with American John Isner. However, the 32-year-old 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. "I said to Dominic I am sorry".

In a gripping 4-hour 49-minute contest which concluded at 2.04 a.m. on Wednesday, world number one Nadal won through to keep his bid for a fourth title in NY and 18th Grand Slam crown on track. For the match, he hit 74 winners and 18 aces and stole six break points to Nadal's five.

"After that first set", Nadal said, "the match became more normal". But he took the tiebreaker before Nadal just proved the steadier of the two in the final set decider.

"Forget about this start and I just tried to win a couple of points and a couple of games".

That, Nadal would say afterward, managed to "break my heart".

"John is a friend of mine and he deserves to be in the quarters as well", said Del Potro, who has not dropped a set so far in NY.

It will be del Potro and Nadal's 17th meeting on tour.

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Then Hamilton hunted down Kimi Raikkonen, biding his time and he took the lead with eight laps to go. However, he said that he's "not too worried" about the championship situation.

There were no breaks of serve in the deciding set and a second tiebreak ensued. He was two points from victory at 6-5, deuce, in the fourth as Thiem served, but flubbed a forehand volley, leaping for a ball that appeared to be sailing out and dumping it into the net. The 36-year-old secured a semi-final berth after defeating Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 in the quarter-final match.

He added: "It's going to be stuck in my mind forever". It was in the fifth and final set of the game that the Spaniard showed his prowess and overpowered a rampant Austrian 7-6, advancing to the semi-finals of the US Open.

"I like people who try hard to achieve their goals and he is one of them".

Nadal, who lost the first set, pocketed the thrilling tie 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7, 7-6. I don't want to lose against anybody.

"I played a lot of long and tough matches in my career". I think we nearly all the time have great matches.

"Tennis is sometimes cruel, this game didn't deserve a loser but there has to be one and, if we skip the first set, we were well matched from start to finish", he noted.

For the second night in a row, the end of The Tennis Podcast had to be recorded at past 2am in NY in order to cover the thrilling events of the US Open night session. "I'm playing a lot of hours this year at this handsome stadium".

The semi-final will pit Nadal against third seed and 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro for the second successive Grand Slam tournament.

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