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