Nadal survives Thiem test to reach semi finals; US OPEN

Order of play Day 7 Serena and Nadal resume title quests

Next up is No. 9 seed Dominic Thiem. Not only was Nadal two points from losing at 5-all in the closing tiebreaker, but he finished with fewer total points, 171-166.

Pliskova was the runnerup at Flushing Meadows in 2016, when she beat Williams in the semifinals and will face her next.

Next up for the 23-time Slam victor is a clash with Karolina Pliskova, who beat Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-4. And, yes, I played against a great opponent.

"Have been physically demanding because the conditions have been tough out there", he said.

This was the first match between these two outside clay and Rafa has scored his eighth win over Dominic, having to work much harder than in the final of Roland Garros where he lost just nine games.

He improved to 5-1 lifetime against Raonic. Nadal then broke again to take the set 7-5.

For the second night in a row, the end of The Tennis Podcast had to be recorded at past 2am in NY in order to cover the thrilling events of the US Open night session.

Sevastova, who retired in 2013 because of injuries and returned almost two years later, advanced to her first Slam semifinal. "But as long as that baby is still in her belly, I'll be here".

Isner did not end the tournament empty-handed despite his loss to Del Potro. That was part of what's now a 26-1 run since Thiem beat him in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open in May.

Rafael Nadal has revealed the secret conversation he had with Dominic Thiem after their US Open match.

"The only thing I was thinking was to finish the first set and try to forget about the start and stay in the match in the second set". It will be their first meeting not on clay.

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Jamie Murray will hope to continue flying the British flag on two fronts as he plays in the quarter-finals of the men's doubles with Bruno Soares and the semi-finals of the mixed with Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

"I was pretty close previous year".

"Of course it's disappointing", Anderson said.

"It's disappointing. I wanted to be here right till the end and put myself in contention of winning my first major. It wasn't meant to be".

"Thiem has a good attitude on the court and in training".

"It was one of my best matches ever", Thiem added.

With Thiem serving at 5-6 30-30, a desperate lunging forehand looked to be easy pickings for Nadal only for the 32-year-old to net it.

Nadal won the third set 7-5, and seemed to be on the verge of winning the fourth. In fact, Nadal never faced match point, and Thiem faced only one all night.

By defeating Basilashvili, Nadal has reached the quarter-finals of all the grand slams for the first time since 2011.

Nadal next faces 2009 champion Juan Martín del Potro in the semi-finals.

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