Nadal hails Thiem work after Grand Slam record bid dashed

Nadal hails Thiem work after Grand Slam record bid dashed

"New situation", he said. Everyone has it and I was just rushing way too much and changing the tactics a little bit which was wrong. It has been a very good match with a good level of tennis.

"I hope I can still continue to play better in the semi-finals and hopefully maybe in the final".

The second set played out similarly.

Nadal, who only lost five fewer points than Thiem across the match, was asked if he felt there was any more he could have done to find a way to win. Also at the Australian Open, where he also went out in the quarterfinals two years ago before finishing as the runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2019. "Today I had the feeling I was lucky in the right is necessary because he is one of the greatest of all time".

"If you want to have a chance against him, one of the all-time greats, everything needs to work in your game", the fifth-seeded Thiem said. "He's one of the biggest legends this sport's ever had so you need some luck to beat him".

The world No. 1 rallied with three consecutive games to take a 6-5 edge before Thiem forced a tiebreak, and eventually won match point on a Nadal forehand unforced error.

Already a set down, Nadal began to lose his composure in the second, complaining about a time violation and being bothered by the increasing humidity and a broken air conditioner at his chair that left him sweating profusely.

The German finally held to get himself on the scoreboard but the Swiss was moving and serving well, unleashing some crunching groundstrokes to take the set in just 24 minutes.

The crowd then gasped when Nadal bravely challenged a line call on the second match point after Thiem's defensive lob tested the baseline.

With the semi-final clashes being set up in Melbourne it became obvious that the highly anticipated final will feature the battle of generations where Thiem or Germany's Alexander Zverev would face either Djokovic or Federer. Some of Thiem's shot-making was so astounding that even Nadal looked as if he could not believe what he was seeing.

It was a match that had echoes of the pair's five-set thriller in the 2018 U.S. Open quarter-finals which Nadal won after a almost five-hour battle. He had shown a lot of fight in the set 2 tiebreak, and continued to show it as he fought to extend the match. It was the first time in Nadal's tour career that he's lost three tiebreakers in one game.

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