Dominic Thiem said his epic defeat to his friend Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the US Open "will stay with me forever." Defending champion Nadal defeated ninth seed Thiem 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/5) to reach the semifinals for the seventh time. In a moving contest of 4 hours and 49 minutes, which concluded at 2.04 a.m. On Wednesday, Rafael Nadal, number one in the world, won to maintain his bet for a fourth title in New York and the 18th Grand Slam crown on the track. "It will stay forever in my mind, I will forever remember this match, without hesitation," Thiem said after his first hard game against Nadal.
"Tennis is cruel sometimes because I think this game did not deserve a loser, but there has to be.
"He finished in the tiebreak of the fifth set, there's 50/50, he made one more point than me."
Thiem handed him over to Nadal, against whom he lost in the Roland Garros final in June, just his fourth set of & # 39; bagel & # 39; in the Slams.
That was finished in just 24 minutes with Nadal winning just seven points.
Thiem was also 5-3 in the third set and 4-2 in the fourth before Nadal, the three-time New York champion, played him.
Nadal said that he had told Thiem that he regretted the result, although the Austrian laughed at the consolation of his close friend.
"I do not think he really feels it," said the 25-year-old.
"I mean, he's a great guy, I do not want to lose against anyone, but now I want the title more, that's for sure.
"I think that almost all the time we have great games, I hope we have many more in the future, with a different ending."
The semifinal will face Nadal against the third seed and champion of the 2009 US Open, Juan Martin del Potro, for the second consecutive Grand Slam tournament.
At Wimbledon, Nadal returned from two sets to one down to win in five in a quarterfinal that lasted almost five hours.