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Rafael Nadal edges Dominic Thiem in thrilling five-set match for the ages at the US Open


Tennis fans are absolutely exhausted this morning after last night’s epic quarterfinal match at the US Open between defending champion Rafael Nadal and 2018 French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem.

It was a physical, back-and-forth tussle that concluded after 2 a.m. this morning. The match was so close that Nadal was two points from losing at 5-all in the closing tiebreaker and he finished with fewer total points, 171-166.

“It’s cruel, sometimes, tennis,” Thiem said, calling the loss “the first really epic match I’ve played.”

When Nadal makes it this far in New York, he usually doesn’t stumble. He has now won seven US Open quarterfinals in a row when he has made it that far; his only loss in that round came back in 2006.

He is bidding for a fourth title at Flushing Meadows and 18th Grand Slam trophy overall.



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