It’s going to be stuck in my mind forever: Thiem after US Open loss to Nadal

first_imgDominic Thiem was devastated to lose the five-set thriller against Rafael Nadal 6-0, 4-6, 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-7(5) in the US Open quarter-final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday night. Calling the loss “the first really epic match I’ve played”, Thiem accepted that this match would never leave his mind.Thiem and Nadal battled in the 90-degree heat and 50-percent humidity for four hours and 49 minutes and in the end, Thiem had won 166 points while Nadal had 171, but Nadal won the most important point — the last one.Such was the quality of tennis presented that the crowd gave a standing ovation every other point. In the end, as Thiem served to stay in the match, he served to send Nadal reaching out on the left. His forehand made Nadal run to the right but Nadal played that one ball extra and Thiem overhit the overhead shot to hand the defending champion the match.Thiem stood shocked and devastated in the centre of his side of the court as the entire Nadal support in the stadium went into frenzy. Nadal ran towards Thiem who was slowly walking towards the net. They hugged, Thiem smiled and waved at the crowd and left the court.”It’s cruel sometimes tennis, because I think this match didn’t really deserve a loser””It’s going to be stuck in my mind forever,” Thiem said at his post-match press conference.READ – US Open: Nadal beats Thiem in 5-set thriller to reach semi-finals”I’m going to remember this match, for sure. It’s cruel sometimes tennis, because I think this match didn’t really deserve a loser. But there has to be one.advertisement”If we skip the first set, it was a really open match from beginning to the end. The way it ended up in the fifth set tiebreaker, from there it’s 50-50. He made one more point than me.” US Open: Dominic Thiem trounced Rafael Nadal 6-0 in the first set of the quarter-final. (AP Photo)The match was tense to say the least. Nadal lost the first set 6-0, winning a meagre seven points. However, he then fought back, like Nadal always does, to take the next two sets.Thiem stretched Nadal to the maximum. Right after the third set tiebreak, the crowd was in for a fourth set tiebreak and this time Thiem came out triumphant.Fifth and deciding set ensued and just like the entire match, none were ready to give in. The crowd could not get enough of the magnificent tennis that they were being treated to. Claps and screams engulfed the Arthur Ashe Stadium and then in the end, it was Nadal who edged out.In his on-court interview, Nadal revealed that he had apologised to Thiem during their embrace after the match and added that he had everything that is required of a champion and his time will soon come. US Open: Rafael Nadal crossed the net and embraced Dominic Thiem after winning quarter-final. (AP Photo)Thiem chuckled when he was asked about Nadal’s apology but added that now that he was out of the tournament, he would love to see Nadal defend his title.”I don’t think he’s really sorry,” Thiem said.”I mean, he’s a great guy. I don’t want to lose against anybody. But now I wish him the title the most, that’s for sure.”I think we almost all the time have great matches. I hope that we have many more in the future — with a different end.”(With inputs from agencies)last_img

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