It was a step forward for me in the dynamic of the tournament.
The battle lasted almost five hours and the match finished in the early morning with 0-6, 6-4,7-5, 6-7, 7-6 scoreline. It's a match that we know each other very well. "He made one more point than me".
Thiem, who had also tasted defeat against Nadal in this year's French Open, is a rising star of the game who has been on the wrong side of the Spaniard's warrior-like tenacity.
With the great trio of Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic continuing to feature at the back end of the grand slams, the tennis world has been waiting for the next generation to take over - and Thiem put his hand up to be recognised as the most willing of the 25-and-unders.
Rafael Nadal had his longest match ever at the US Open on Tuesday, and he eventually emerged victorious over Dominic Thiem.
"I just (kept) going, I'm very sorry for Dominic, he's a close friend on tour, a great guy, and I wish him all the very best".
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".
Present victor of the event 3 times filed via, actively gained fifty five factors and has made forty nine unforced errors. I had the passion to keep going always'.
A 10-minute break will be allowed between the second and third sets of women's singles matches if either player requests one. "But there has to be one".
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Nadal will next play third seed Juan Martin Del Potro for a place in the final.
Nadal said that losing the first set by 6-0 was not in his plan but he accepted it with "humility", while in the fifth he had "more options" than Thiem.
Nadal was completely dismantled by Thiem in the first set as the American crowd was shocked into silence in NY, the Austrian hitting vaporising forehands and backhands to wrap up the opener in just 24 minutes - tallying 13 winners, five aces and 24 points in total compared to just seven from the former.
Nadal won just seven points as the Austrian rained down winners from all angles.
"I told myself "wake up", said Nadal.
True to form, the defending champion improved significantly in the second set and things went with serve until game eight as Nadal broke for a 5-3 advantage. He hit 19 winners in the fourth set-which was an 81-minute mini-classic all by itself-and won it in a tiebreaker. "I'm playing a lot of hours this year at this handsome stadium".
"I would say the first really epic match I played".
"To play John in these kind of matches, it's like an epic". I think we nearly all the time have great matches.
The Austrian hung his head before being consoled by Nadal who then held his arms aloft in celebration and relief.