"But the first step to change that dynamic is not find an excuse on the racquet or on the string or on something that is not the true".
"In the first set I only won seven points, I hadn't started and it could've been very unpleasant". I am focused on trying to make that happen. He walked quietly to the center of the court, then stepped over the net and embraced 25-year-old Dominic Thiem.
With a heat wave striking NY and temperatures crossing 27 degrees at night, it appeared that Nadal would see off the tie with a four-set victory but Thiem's seemed to have found his mojo once again.
(AAP )Dominic Thiem pushed Rafael Nadal to five sets in their US Open quarter final.
"I am very sorry for Dominic, he's a close friend on tour, a great guy and a great player". That win should build confidence for Thiem as he takes on the tournament's number one ranked player.
Nadal had defeated Thiem in the Roland Garros final in June but this was their first meeting away from a clay court. "The only true is that you have to be able to do things better to be able to fight for the point and fight for the match, no?" For the match, he hit 74 winners and 18 aces and stole six break points to Nadal's five. "Forever I'm going to remember this match, for sure".
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Nadal next faces 2009 champion Juan Martín del Potro in the semi-finals.
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Thiem then showed tremendous fight to break straight back, but his joy was short lived as Nadal replied immediately to win the set and level the match.
Nadal was completely dismantled by Thiem in the first set as the American crowd was shocked into silence in NY, the Austrian hitting vaporising forehands and backhands to wrap up the opener in just 24 minutes - tallying 13 winners, five aces and 24 points in total compared to just seven from the former.
"I am the guy to look at myself".
Nadal evened the match by breaking in the final game of the second set.
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 a year ago - in three sets earlier on Sunday.
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. "I mean, it's cruel sometimes tennis, because I think this match didn't really deserve a loser".
The disappointment of failing to create a first match point seemed to weigh on him in the tiebreak and he played it dreadfully, showing rare confusion in going 0-3 down and then losing it 7-4. I think we nearly all the time have great matches.
Del Potro admitted the 33-degree temperatures proved a real challenge with the 10-minute heat rule allowing the players a welcome respite after the third set.