Rafael Nadal outlasts Dominic Thiem in marathon match at US Open

Kevin Anderson of South Africa hits a return to Denis Shapovalov of Canada during their 2018 US Open men's round 3 match

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 - which finished at 2:03am local time.

The fourth set was a wild 81-minute ride that began with Thiem facing break points, saw the Austrian threaten a double break before being pegged back and then a tired Nadal miss a chance to win the match.

Del Potro will no doubt head into that match with real confidence after seeing Thiem's success in hitting through the three-time victor, while the amount of time spent on court can't be helping Nadal's troublesome knee.

The fifth seed, runner-up to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon, next faces ninth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem, who didn't have the luxury of a roof in a 3-6, 6-3, -6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over American Taylor Fritz on Grandstand.

"It's a big victory for me", said the 32-year-old Nadal, the champion in 2010, 2013 and 2017. "The conditions were tough and very humid", Nadal added. Thiem, energized after extending the match, held serve to start the set, while Nadal had brushed off the signs of discouragement from the end of the fourth.

Third-seed Juan Martin del Potro beat Croatia's Borna Coric 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 to set up a quarter-final against John Isner.

"He's a very powerful player, and, yeah, he knows how to play these kinds of matches", Nadal said.

"Then the third set happened - he served for the set - then I won two games in a row and took the set. I feel like I've improved so much in my game, mentally", said Shapovalov.

There's a good chance he will never play a better set in his life and it was inevitable there would be a slight dip, but Nadal was still nowhere near his best. This will be their first meeting on hard courts after 10 matches on clay.

The Spaniard saved a break point in games nine and 11 but he stood no chance in the tie break, losing it 7-4 following a routine forehand that he sent into the net, handing the set to his rival and setting up a decider after more than three and a half hours of awesome battle!

Thiem will next play either world number one Rafael Nadal, who beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in another pre-quarterfinal.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion looked set to romp home when she seized the first set from Kanepi in just 18 minutes.

With Nadal eager to finish off the match in straight sets in energy-sapping humidity, Basilashvili twice came from a mini-break down to take the set, leaving his opponent to rue a missed forehand down the line at 6-6.

Today, they will try it for the first time in the US Open quarter-finals at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre and see how it goes.

Since her maiden Grand Slam triumph, Stephens has reached a second major final at the French Open. The day's other last-16 duel sees United States 11th seed John Isner tackle fellow big-server Milos Raonic, the 25th seeded Canadian. Anderson, in contrast, won 72 percent of points on his first serve - which is usually his biggest asset.

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