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Highlights US Open 2018 Tennis, Quarter-finals: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem over five sets to reach semis

Catch all the LIVE updates from the US Open quarter-final matches. Rafael Nadal takes on Dominic Thiem while Serena Williams faces Karolina Pliskova.

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Highlights US Open 2018 Tennis, Quarter-finals: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem over five sets to reach semis

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Sept 05, 2018 - 11:55 (IST)

Time to call it a day!

Right then, so this brings us to the end of today's coverage of US Open. We started when it was still Tuesday, and here we are, deep into the next day, relishing tennis of the highest quality. The action continues on Firstpost though, and we will be back again tonight when Marin Cilic takes on Kei Nishikori for a spot in top four, while Naomi Osaka plays Lesia Tsurenko in the women's quarter-final. 

Till then, it's good bye from us! 

Sept 05, 2018 - 11:50 (IST)

Champions!

Sept 05, 2018 - 11:48 (IST)

What a night!

Sept 05, 2018 - 11:47 (IST)

Rafael Nadal has booked a semi-final date with Juan Martin del Potro. Promises to be another cracker!

Sept 05, 2018 - 11:43 (IST)

Phew!

Sept 05, 2018 - 11:42 (IST)

Those are some serious numbers

Sept 05, 2018 - 11:41 (IST)

He is through!

Sept 05, 2018 - 11:40 (IST)

Rafael Nadal moves to semis

Ladies and gentlemen, that was some match! Rafael Nadal showed what a champion he is, but spare a thought for Dominic Thiem. They played for 4 hours and 49 minutes, and it's a pity that there is only one winner. The scoreline reads 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-5), but when has a scoreline been a definitive indicator of blood and sweat? 

Sept 05, 2018 - 11:36 (IST)

WHAT. A. MATCH

Sept 05, 2018 - 11:34 (IST)

Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem in five sets

Nadal takes the first point on tie-break, before Thiem unleashes a succession of backhand returns until Nadal hits long. 1-1. Nadal comes back strongly now. Pushes Thiem back before advancing to the net and depositing a smash in vast, empty spaces. Thiem now forces an error to make it 2-all, before hitting a forehand long. 3-2 to Nadal. And what was that! Thiem meets Nadal's drop shot with a drop shot of his own to make it 3-3. Incredible tennis, this. Another baseline rally, and another long return from Thiem means Rafa has nudged to 4-3. And it's 4-4 now as Thiem constructs a brilliant baseline rally, before finishing with an overhead smash. The Austrian moves to 5-4 as nadal's return is long. Can he close this now? He is two points away, but guess what, he has hit the net! It's 5-5 in the fifth set tie-break. And Nadal surges to 6-5. How crucial is that lead? That was a stunning return game, and that has brought Nadal to match point. Will he take it? Yes! Thiem hits wide, and Rafa is through!

Four matches to watch on Tuesday, the ninth day of the US Open (x denotes seeding):

Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) v Dominic Thiem (AUT x9)

World number one Nadal will seek to continue his US Open title defense, taking on Thiem for a place in the semi-finals.

Ninth-seeded Austrian Thiem is in his fourth Grand Slam quarter-final, but his first outside Roland Garros – where he was soundly beaten in the final by Nadal three months ago.

Nadal has beaten Thiem three times at the French Open and seven times in 10 meetings – all on clay.

Thiem admitted he was hoping the hard courts of Flushing Meadows would prove "more comfortable" but he'll still face an uphill battle against the 17-time Grand Slam champion whose stellar 2018 campaign also includes Masters titles in Monte Carlo, Rome and Toronto.

Serena Williams (USA x17) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE x8)

Eighth-seeded Czech Pliskova insists she has the game to challenge 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams as they battle for a semi-final berth.

Pliskova, the three-time WTA tour ace leader who briefly ascended to world number one last year, has surprised Williams before at the US Open, beating her to reach her first Grand Slam final in 2016.

"I know she has a big game, but I have a big game too," said Pliskova.

Williams, a six-time champion who missed last year's US Open as she gave birth to her daughter Olympia, is on a mission, seeking a title that would see her match Australian Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 major titles and let her avoid her first year since 2011 without a Grand Slam crown.

Juan Martin del Potro (ARG x3) v John Isner (USA x11)

Giants collide when third-seeded del Potro – who claimed his lone Grand Slam title at the 2009 US Open – takes on Isner – the last American main remaining in the draw – for a semi-final berth.

Del Potro, the 6-foot-6 (1.98m) Tower of Tandil knows it will be a battle against 6-foot-10 (2.08m) Isner, who has blasted a tournament-leading 112 aces.

Both players have reached Grand Slam semi-finals this year, del Potro at Roland Garros where he cruised past Isner in the fourth round and Isner at Wimbledon.

Which will make it to another Grand Slam final four on Tuesday?

Sloane Stephens (USA x3) v Anastasija Sevastova (LAT x19)

Defending champion Stephens finds a familiar foe across the net in Sevastova, beaten by the American at the same stage last year as Stephens roared to the title as an unseeded player.

Since her maiden Grand Slam triumph, Stephens has reached a second major final at the French Open.

She has reached the quarter-finals with the loss of just one set. Sevastova has gone three sets in three of her first four matches, including a roller-coaster fourth-round victory over seventh-seeded Elina Svitolina.

With inputs from AFP

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