US Open 2018: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem in epic quarter-final

Serena Williams returns a shot

Maria Sharapova will put her unbeaten night session record to the test once more against Carla Suarez Navarro, while young guns Aryna Sabalenka and Naomi Osaka will face off.

The top seed won just seven points in the opener. "It was a very tough start, I tried to stay in the match in the second set", the Spaniard said on court. Also, the Spaniard is now 45-3 this season, making it one of his best starts of the year and giving him a clear lead over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on the ATP Race list.

"Of course, now I'm devastated a little bit".

Maybe. But that didn't last long. Even the 11-time French Open champ himself has said he believes Thiem will win titles at Roland Garros and, if Tuesday night was any indication, that's only the beginning. The 36-year-old American did not compete in NY a year ago, because she gave birth to her daughter during the tournament. "They have to go back to Argentina and work again after this tournament".

"He will say "this is my opportunity and I'm expected to lose, but I have to go out there guns blazing". I didn't expect to receive a trophy after losing in the quarter-finals. "But regardless, this has been a great road".

Next up for Serena is a quarterfinal meeting with eighth seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova who advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over 18th seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia. "He made one more point than me".

"I'm very sorry for Dominic", Nadal added. "But I think he was also not on his top level in the first set - for sure not". Wilken asked several questions of her own during the first morning of the trial, suggesting she plans to actively participate in questioning since there's no jury present.

"It's going to be stuck in my mind forever", Thiem said.

Nadal appreciated his victory as much as Williams appreciated hers. On clay, it's one of the biggest challenges in sports to beat this guy or to compete with this guy.

Nadal will now face Juan Martin del Potro in a repeat of last year's semi-final.

Georgian Basilashvili had won just a single game against Nadal in their only previous meeting at the French Open past year, but played superbly here to take a set before going down 6-3 6-3 6-7 (6/8) 6-4 after three hours and 18 minutes. After the announcement of her promotion, Tracy made an attempt to reach out to six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman, who is among the hundreds of women abused by Nassar. Since mid-May, Nadal is 27-1 and only seems to be getting stronger. Serving for the set at 5-3, Nadal got broken as well after a deep return from Thiem but he managed to clinch the set with another break in game 10, forcing an error from Dominic to level the overall score at 1-1.

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