Thiem, Nadal into quarterfinals

Thiem, Nadal into quarterfinals

Thiem, Nadal into quarterfinals

Now Thiem will try to beat Nadal for the fourth time, saying of their previous matches: "It was three very nice experiences and six awful experiences".

"Why not me? Let's keep going", said Isner after firing 56 winners past Raonic and 20 aces taking his ace count to a tournament-leading 112.

"It's a big victory for me", Nadal, the champion in 2010, 2013 and 2017, said.

"For sure, also, this court helped me", Thiem said.

It would do him well to cling on to that thought.

Instead, it's a rematch of this year's French Open final.

Dominic Thiem, of Austria, reacts after defeating Kevin Anderson, of South Africa. He's only won it three times.

Nadal has the best part of two days to recover before a semi-final against Juan Martin Del Potro, while the world No 9 left a stadium largely drained of spectators with nothing more than a reminder of his opponent's incredible fighting qualities.

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On Friday (Saturday NZ time), Nadal will take on a familiar foe with a berth in the final on the line; 2009 champion and No 3 seed Juan Martin del Potro, who defeated No 11 John Isner 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2 to reach the last four. The conditions were tough.

Thiem reached his first quarterfinal at any Grand Slam besides the French Open.

That said, you don't win 17 Grand Slams without being able to dig deep in the face of adversity and after hanging in there, the top seed took advantage of a poor service game from the 25-year-old to earn the chance to serve out the second.

"On clay, it s one of the biggest challenges in sports to beat this guy". If he can, he will be one step closer to another shot at his first career major tournament title. Even if it's he's not totally comfortable in the role. Also first time quarterfinals outside Paris‚ but most of all‚ I'm happy with the performance. "I'm really enjoying competing, not putting too much pressure on myself". After saving two break points in game two, Thiem broke in the very next game after a backhand error from Rafa who had to save three break points in game five to stay in contention. He looked done from the start, losing 16 of the first 21 points in a set that took only 24 minutes for Thiem to claim.

"Well, it was three very nice experiences and six awful experiences", he said, forgetting (or perhaps he's blocked one out) that he has seven losses in the series.

The two traded points through the tiebreak with neither extending his lead beyond one until Nadal finally created the two-point margin necessary to win at 7-5 off of Thiem's serve.

He cited Thiem's powerful, disciplined groundstrokes, which can do damage across multiple surfaces.

Nadal came into this fourth-round match against Nikoloz Basilashvili with a point to prove, after 22-year-old Karen Khachanov had badgered and bullied him for long stretches of the previous round.

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