ESPN captures epic shot of Rafael Nadal after marathon match

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

The opening set was only the fourth time in 282 career Grand Slam matches that Nadal lost a set 6-0 and this was the first time he had been victorious after doing so.

Thiem entered the quarter-final after he knocked out South African fifth seed Kevin Anderson - the man who lost in the final to Nadal at Flushing Meadows past year - in three sets earlier on Sunday.

The match see-sawed throughout, eventually decided by a fifth set tie-breaker, with Nadal taking out the match 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7, 7-6.

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"It's been a great battle", an exhausted Nadal said of the four hour 49 minute epic. "Have been a very tough start for me".

"I did a very bad set".

The semi-final will pit Nadal against third seed and 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro for the second successive Grand Slam tournament.

"I'm very sorry for Dominic", Nadal added. "I played some good ones before, but not that long, not that long against the great guys on the Grand Slam stage", Thiem said.

Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori face each other in a rematch of the 2014 final while, in the remaining women's quarter-finals, Madison Keys takes on Carla Suarez Navarro and Naomi Osaka meets Lesia Tsurenko.

It was only the fourth time in his long grand slam history that Nadal had lost a set 6-0 and just the third time at any level in almost seven years.

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Thiem then grabbed a 4-3 lead in the third which he stretched to 5-3 but then it was his turn to crack as Nadal raced away with three games to claim a two sets to one lead.

"I'm so happy to reach another semi-finals in my favourite tournament", del Potro said in his on-court interview. "He's a close friend on tour".

'I think from the third set he moved a little bit up.

It took a while for Nadal to figure out what was wrong and become Thiem's equal in entertaining, body-punishing baseline exchanges that inspired loud gasps from spectators.

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

Nadal evened the match by breaking in the final game of the second set.

But she trailed by a break in the opening set, and then was a point from being behind 4-1, before turning things around.

But while Isner was playing before what could count as a home crowd, del Potro got all manner of support throughout, from the blue-and-white flags or soccer jerseys dotting the stands to the repeated singsong chants of his nickname, "Delpo", punctuated by clapping.

"It's going to be stuck in my mind", he said. I had the passion to keep going always'. "He made one more point than me".

"I just wish him all the very very best". The Spaniard prevailed in four sets, but Basilashvili played an fantastic tennis hitting a lot of winners.

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