Rafael Nadal reached the semifinals of the Opem of EE. UU For the seventh time. © AFP
Defending champion Rafael Nadal survived an epic showdown in the quarterfinals of the US Open to defeat ninth seed Dominic Thiem 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 7- 6 (7/5) and reach the semifinals for the seventh time. In a moving contest of 4 hours and 49 minutes that concluded at 2.04 a.m. On Wednesday, the world number one Nadal won to maintain his bid for a fourth title in New York and the 18th Grand Slam crown on the track.
However, the 32-year-old was fortunate to triumph on another hot and humid night at Flushing Meadows, 24 hours after Roger Federer was banned from the tournament by John Millman.
After suffering a first set & # 39; bagel & # 39 ;, Nadal had to fight from the breaks in the third and fourth sets before saying goodbye to the first top 20 player he had faced at the US Open since 2013.