Top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal has progressed to the semifinals of the US Open following a hard-fought victory over Dominic Thiem on Tuesday.
Rafa got the better of his Austrian opponent 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7(4), 7-6(5) in the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows.
“It was a great battle, the conditions were tough,” he said. “I tried to stay in the match in some way. In the fourth I just kept going. But I feel so sorry for Dominic. He’s a great guy and a great competitor.”
Rafa said he told his opponent, “keep going, you’re good” over the net after claiming victory.