Dominic Thiem: Can He Win His First Ever Grand Slam?

05 September, 2018, 10:10 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Kevin Anderson of South Africa hits a return to Denis Shapovalov of Canada during their 2018 US Open men's round 3 match

The defending champion and No 1 seed at Flushing Meadows recovered from his disastrous start and other stumbles along the way to beat No 9 Dominic Thiem of Austria 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) for a semi-final berth at a third consecutive Grand Slam tournament, winning a physical, back-and-forth tussle that stretched across and concluded after 2am on Wednesday in NY.

Anderson was hoping to earn a rematch with Nadal, who beat him a year ago in the South African's first Grand Slam final.

Thiem, who beat Nadal on clay in Madrid in the run-up to Paris, booked his place in the quarterfinals for the first time with a 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (2) win over 2017 runner-up Kevin Anderson. He came within two points of victory late in the fourth set before being pushed to a fifth, where he was two points from a loss.

However, the defending champion will have other ideas, and Roger Federer's surprise exit yesterday will have given Nadal even more motivation to seek an 18th Grand Slam title and close the gap on his Swiss rival. "I'm feeling really good".

'I feel sorry for Dominic, he is a great guy and a great player.

Juan Martin del Potro is the only player from the top half of the tournament, not losing a single set.

The semi-final will pit Nadal against third seed Juan Martin del Potro for the second successive Grand Slam. I could go very far back like I do on clay usually.

The US Open champion would not be denied and fired his seventh ace on match-point to end the 200-minute tussle.

This is the first time since 2011 that Nadal has made the quarter-finals or better at each of the four Grand Slams of the season.

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Thiem produced a stunning service exhibition‚ winning 91% of points on his first serve and never giving up a break point.

"He played fantastic. A lot of credit to him".

"I'll need to play my best match of the tournament".

The top-ranked Nadal was playing Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in the round of 16.

"Against Rafa, I ve had three very nice experiences and seven frightful experiences", said 24-year-old Thiem.

The Spanish star cruised into a two-set lead, seemingly fully recovered from the trauma of fighting back from a set and break down to Russian Federation s Karen Khachanov on Friday.

"In the fourth i had some chances in the beginning, didn't convert, then at love-40 in the 5-4 broke my heart but I just kept going". BBC Sport writes, "Basilashvili's approach was all or nothing.although unforced errors outstripped winners in the opening two sets before he began to find his range in the third". Serving for the set at 5-3, Nadal got broken as well after a deep return from Thiem but he managed to clinch the set with another break in game 10, forcing an error from Dominic to level the overall score at 1-1.

"He has plenty of time to win big tournaments and has everything".



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