New York, Defending champion Rafael Nadal dug
deep to win the longest match of this year’s US Open in a classic five-
set quarter-final against Dominic Thiem.
World number one Nadal lost the opening set 6-0 after being
outpowered by the Austrian ninth seed in New York.
However, the 32-year-old Spanish top seed recovered to lead
two sets to one before Thiem levelled in a tie-break.
Nadal edged a tense fifth-set tie-break to win 0-6 6-4 7-5 6-7 (4
-7) 7-6 (7-5).
The 17-time Grand Slam champion clinched victory when Thiem
hit an overhead smash long on the first match point, the drama
continuing until the last shot in an epic encounter lasting four hours
and 49 minutes.
Nadal jumped over the net to console his Austrian opponent at
the end, the pair embracing as those left inside Arthur Ashe Stadium
rose to their feet to give them a thunderous ovation, the BBC reported.
Source: Oman News Agency