Nadal Overcomes Epic Thiem Test, Del Potro Next At US Open; Cilic v Nishikori Wed.
by Staff | September 5th, 2018, 2:24 am

Rafael Nadal had to get up off the mat several times Tuesday night to stay in the US Open and keep his title defense alive with an epic 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7(4), 7-6(5) victory over Dominic Thiem in 4 hours, 49 minutes in a match that ended at 2:03am.

“It’s been a great a battle. The conditions were tough. A lot of humidity,” Nadal said. “I just keep going. Being honest, I feel very sorry for Dominic. he’s a great guy, great player.”

Facing Thiem for an 11th time, first off of clay, the Austrian came out on fire winning the first six games of the match in just 23 minutes to take the first set.

“Wake up!” Nadal said of how he changed things. “It was a very tough start. The only thing I think was finish this first set and forget about what happened.”

A shellshocked Nadal settled down as Thiem fell out of his zone, and got on the board to stop the run. And later he got the break to even things.

But Thiem found the range again and served for the third set at 5-4. Nadal proved worthy of the challenge and won three games to pull ahead.

Thiem struck back with an early break in the fourth. Nadal got back to even to 4-all. Nadal avoided peril at 5-all, executing a serve-volley down break point.

Serving to stay in at 5-6, Theim faced his demise but Nadal missed a sitter volley that would have set up match point.

In the ensuing breaker, Thiem got a quick mini-break, went up 3-0 and held on to force a fifth set, the first played on Ashe this year.

Nadal had chances at 2-all but Thiem won four straight points to get out of a 15-40 jam. Then Nadal had Thiem once again in trouble with the Austrian serving 0-40 at 5-all. But again Rafa couldn’t convert.

In the breaker, Nadal got the quick mini-break, a wild forehand gave it right back. And back and forth they went some more. Serving 4-5, Nadal got a return error from Thiem. 5-all. Then Nadal couldn’t put away a smash, but got a look at a volley and this one he finished.

On the first match point, it was Thiem’s turn to put away a smash, but instead he flew it well long. And Rafa moves on.

“There is always the passion to keep going, play one more point,” Nadal said. “Keep going always. That’s the only way I’m able to be where I am today.”

Nadal finished with 55 winners, 49 unforced, but was only 5/17 when he had a break point. Thiem, who was overhitting at times, had 58 winners against 74 unforced errors. He broke 6 of 13 and actually led Nadal – thanks to that first set whitewash (24 to 7) – in total points 171 to 165.

In the heat of the day, Juan Martin del Potro outlasted John Isner 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-2 in a grueling 3 hours, 31 minutes.

Their third meeting of the season followed a predictable script with both guys booming serves and cracking forehands. Early on, it was Isner hitting the ball just a little better, and connecting on some backhands.

Isner forced the tiebreaker where he often does he best work, and he did again coming on top 7-5. But early in the second, it appeared the stifling heat and humidity were getting to the American who had played five more sets and almost four more hours en route to their quarterfinal meeting.

Bending over and looking in distress, Isner was in trouble. Del Potro pounced to level. Isner found some life in the third after a quick clothing change gave both some AC. And with both guys eyeing a 10-break heat break, the third set was critical, but this time del Potro continued to crack serves and forehands, saved break chances, and this time he was the one doing the damage on a weary Isner in the breaker.

And when they came back from the heat break in the fourth, del Potro resumed domination, coasting to his third US Open semifinal and is 10th US Open match win in his last 11.

“I think I played very solid this game,” said del Potro. “In particular I made good returns every service games. I had a lot of chances to break. I did couple of times during the game. I think I play on a smart game today. I saw John a little bit tired also. That’s give me a little bit more energy to keep trying.

“I played a good match. I don’t know if I’m playing my best tennis ever, but I’m feeling good. I reach another semifinals in this Grand Slam, which means something big to me. I’m very happy for that.”

Del Potro smacked 49 winners to just 14 unforced errors, and 14 aces.

“I’m very happy for my level, for what all has been through to get in this position now,” he said. “I think it doesn’t matter the final result in the tournament. I just enjoying playing tennis again. I’m enjoying a lot the crowds like this. I like to play big battles with other guys. That’s makes me feels alive again.”

With the way the schedule works, del Potro won’t be back on court until Friday, when temperatures are also expected to be much cooler.

“I think it’s not easy to play under this weather, but it’s the same thing for all players,” del Potro added. “You have to deal with the preparation and the heat. But I did little bit better than John, and now I have enough time to recover myself.”

Isner was trying to become the first American man to make the US Open semifinals in 12 years since Andy Roddick in 2006.

“It’s tough conditions out there, no doubt,” Isner said. “It’s very humid I think just in that center court. Air is pretty still for whatever reason. Maybe it’s the roof structure. It’s pretty humid and takes its toll on us players, myself, and I think Juan.

“But I think all in all, he probably handled it a little bit better. It definitely is tough conditions, but I wish I could have done a little bit better out there. It just wasn’t to be. Look, he’s so good. It was a tough match.”

Isner added that he could have lost up to 10 pounds of weight during the match.

“I can tell you I don’t know what I weighed before the match,” Isner said. “I did not weigh myself, but I can tell you I lost a lot of weight out there. Sweating like that, I mean, I have practices and stuff where I’m sweating and my shoes are sloshing and I’m changing, so every bit of eight to ten pounds, but it’s easy to put back on. Not as bad as it sounds. Eat and drink a lot of water.”

On Wednesday, the final two spots in the men’s semifinals will be filled. In the afternoon, it’s a rematch of the 2014 final as Marin Cilic takes on Kei Nishikori. Nishikori leads 8-6 and won their only meeting in the last 18 months, that at Monte Carlo this April.

It’s also their fourth meeting at the US Open with Cilic winning the last two including the 2014 final.

In the evening, the much-anticipated Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic quarterfinal was spoiled by unheralded John Millman. Djokovic beat Millman in their only meeting at Queen’s this year 6-2, 6-1. But after his stunner over the Swiss, anything’s possible for the 29-year-old.

“Why not?” Millman said. “Again, I’ll have to improve a lot on the last time I played him. He’s an incredible player. I think he’s in some really good form right now, too. Yeah, but why not? I think it’s a disservice to who I am if I go out there and don’t have that belief.”

N. Osaka (JPN) [20] vs. L. Tsurenko (UKR)
M. Cilic (CRO) [7] vs. K. Nishikori (JPN) [21]

7:00 PM
C. Suarez Navarro (ESP) [30] vs. M. Keys (USA) [14]
N. Djokovic (SRB) [6] vs. J. Millman (AUS)

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98 Comments for Nadal Overcomes Epic Thiem Test, Del Potro Next At US Open; Cilic v Nishikori Wed.

Madmax Says:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Defending champion Rafa Nadal failed to win a single game in the opening set of his U.S. Open quarter-final against Dominic Thiem on Tuesday but fought back to beat the Austrian 0-6 6-4 7-5 6-7(4) 7-6(5) in match that ended past 2 a.m. in New York.

Nadal won just 40 percent of his first serves in the first set as he struggled with the high humidity on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court, as Thiem became the first player to ‘bagel’ the Spaniard at Flushing Meadows since Andy Roddick 14 years ago.

Have to hand it to Rafa. He fought and he won. I could not believe the bagel in the first set, but as with all champions, he came through. A great match.

Thiem, will be counting the times that he threw this match away, but would be proud of his performance.

I would not say this was a lucky escape for Rafa, but the mark of a great champion.

Good news for Oki and Willow.

FedExpress Says:

I said it already after the Khachanov escape.

Nadal’s name already written on the trophy.

Mystic - Willow Says:

Madmax thanks, but ive only just come back from my break, and havent seen any tennis what-so-ever, and havent a clue whats going on, only caught up with scores this morning on teletext, shocked that Federer went out, catching up on reading posts im just dissapointed that one of my fellow fans doesnt have more faith in Nadal, i mean the guy hasnt won 17 GS for nothing !

Humble Rafa Says:


Listen up. Sometimes, you have a bad day. But you dig deep, overcome adversity and come out on top. It makes you a better bull. Don’t complain, don’t talk your opponent down, just focus and get it done. Even on your worst days.

Nits Says:

This is tennis at its best.
Nadal beat Del Porto @ Wimbledon in a tough 5 setter then got beaten by Djokovic in another tough match.
This time also he comes at top but another 5 setter at semifinal or final will be tough for him to win.

Michael Says:

It was definitely the match of the tournament and class act by both the players which produced phenomenal ball striking and splendid defence. It would be fair to say that Theim with his power and spin teared balls apart. That Rafa managed to remarkably bounce back in the match after being delivered a humiliating bagel only serves to reiterate his resilience, tenacity and fighting spirit – iñnate traits where he is head and shoulders above his contemporaries. It was a knife edge contest which could have been won by anybody, but Rafa’s iron will prevailed and he willy nilly managed to tame an opponent who was hitting the ball so hard that he abhorred it and with precision. More remarkable was the sportsmanship qualities they displayed immediately after the match where the bitter struggle was impromptu dumped and they immediately managed to share a mutual bonhomie and shower respect for each other.

Margot Says:

Only saw the 5th set, but what a set that was!
Congratulations to Rafa on standing so strong and commiserations to his fans, on their shredded fingernails…;)
AM it was my pleasure to lend you my sofa, good job Clarissa flew like the wind with the urgent request. ;)
As for Dom, what can you say? Those 4 points he saved at 5 all, were magnificent. Now Dom, go on and win RG, you now know you can.
chofer: you were not on duty for the heavy lifting required in that first set. I may never speak to you again……:)

AndyMira Says:

M!…Oh!Thank God for your precious sofa!!…Uhhh!!… sorry too coz.. u know…i don’t think we can still call it a sofa tho…It looks more to some kind of weird art…heh heh…Sorry!!

chofer Says:

“chofer: you were not on duty for the heavy lifting required in that first set. I may never speak to you again……:)”

Margot, I responded you just when you quit that match. I was very calm, unlike you. That first set was wom miraculously by the Servebot; only took one mistake in that TB with the Bh for Delpo when he ws the one playing much better with 4 UFEs in that set and witn break chances all along. I knew he would turn it over!

Still my pick. No matter how amazing warrior Rafa is.

Yesterday I said it would be a best of 5 in the second set. Iwent to sleep. Was tired. I knew Dominic would not sustain that first set level. And that Thiem was playing high.

My take is that Nadal is pumped up for the next match but having played like nearly 9 hours between Khachanov and Thiem will take its toll in a 32 years old. Even for Rafa it is TOO much.

chofer Says:

Of course, Delpo will have to take the first set to have chances. That’s crucial. And Rafa knows it.

AndyMira Says:

Chofer…Before Thiem’s match..Rafa already played 11 hrs 7 minutes…Plus Thiem’s match 4hrs 48 min= he’s already played 15hrs 55 minutes…almost 16hrs already!….And DelPo 12hrs 15min so far…so..Adv clearly on DelPo i think…Just hope Rafa can recovered well in 2 days rest before their clash…God knows he needs it!….

chofer Says:


Rafa is more dangerous in 5 sets. Delpo the contrary. First set will be the key. I still think he can do it in four. Let’s see. I respect Rafa too much but there’s no way, the way Delpo¡s playing right now, it’s gonna be a straight set affair for either of them.

Even if Rafa recovers, he will be stiff the firts set. Like he was against Thiem. Then, your muscles and lactose run over again. And Rafa likes to practice a lot. I don’t see this happening for his next match. It could hamper him. It’s dangerous. So, overall, first set is crucial.

Truth Says:

Tniem cant hold serve even when hes winning.

If Novak at 75% potential beat Nadal on fast courts, del potro at 85% will beat Rafa. Nadal had confidence when Novak injured his elbow in 2016-2017. Fed didn’t last too long at #1, despite getting Wimbledon and Australian Open gifts.

AndyMira Says:

Yeah Chofer!Agree with everythings u said….And i have doubt over Rafa not only bcoz he played several long matches already..but bcoz of his knees…In Pospisil’s match,he was so brilliant…But,before Kachanov’s match,he start felt something in his right leg…and his game & serve start deteriorated from then on…start playing defensive tennis instead of offensive,start standing 5,6 meters behind baseline,starts sprayed uncharacteristics UE’s everywhere…For Rafa,that is a sign of he has something on his mind or fear over his knee…

Imo,only his determination,will power & great fighting spirit carried him thru’ in his last 3 matches…Tho,he flashes of his vintage once in a while…but not much…He maybe survive in DelPo’s match…but i also not surprised if the result turned otherwise….DelPo after all is not Kacha,or Basi or Thiem[sorry Team Thiem]…

Margot Says:

Oh dear, the sofa is in a bit of a state AM :( I’m going to see if I can sell it to Tate Modern, I’m sure they’ll love it. Then I can but a lovely new one, really over-due after all these years.
chofer: it is impossible to be “calm” while watching Isner play, as you very well know. And, turning up just AFTER I’ve left, well what kind of an excuse is that?
Wanted Dom to win, so now not too bothered, will just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride, sitting ON my nice new sofa….;) And may the best man win, but of course if these awful temperatures hold, it may well be the last man standing.

skeezer Says:

RE: Sofa. My guess is your nice new sofa has a very high back for you to hide behind for those…um…you know….special times with nerves? :)

Dom played great last night…much more entertaining than the sleeveless guy…whats his name?

Daniel Says:

Wow, seems last 2 sets were top notch.

We find somebody with a wrist smash than Djoko: Thiem;-)

The positive for DelPo is that Kachanov and Thiem are no where near the HC player he is and if Nadal struggled with both, was 2 points away from being 0-2 to Kacha (something he never came back from on HC) and 2 points away to lose for Thiem in 5ts set tiebreak 4-5 (when Thiem netted a 2nd serve return), DelPo sure can and should fare better.

Nadal gets an extra day but as chofer pints out, won’t be training as his usual as he needs recovery and may feel very sore today and tomorrow.

My only concern is the mental aspect and how DelPo will handle.

1st is crucial for DelPo this time (last year he also won 1st but was routined in next 3) more to show Nadal that he would have to play minimum 4 sets again or possibly 5. To make him second guess.

Giles Says:

“ Dom played great last night … much more entertaining than the sleeveless guy …. what’s his name ?”
You are such a 🤡.
Sorry about your guy BTW.

Amit Says:

Dear sis AndyMira

Am so happy for you that Rafa won!! 😊😊😊
Thank you so much btw for your kind words on Federer defeat. I am afraid he may hang up his boots very soon. This was a devastating loss utterly signalling that Fed can no more play like he can, over longer stretches and over multiple tournaments. All i can say or wish Fed is at least one or two more slams before he retires, though at this point, it looks way past him to win one more GS. Hope am wrong though, and Fed plays for 3-4 more years.
Again cant thank you enough for your lovely post comforting me on Fed’s loss. I feel its a landmark loss, a watershed moment, the harbinger of doom. Again hopefully am wrong and Fed can bounce back from this terrible loss to collect at least one more wimbledon. Am pretty much sure, he is not adding any more USO to his trophy cabinet. Wimby is my final hope. Let’s see what lies ahead for my guy.

Amit Says:

French gone USO gone AO gone. Only wimbledon remains for Fed or may be even that is gone. I can no more expect much from Federer. It’s distressing stuff!

Truth Says:

Every guy had horrid Slams. It’s not that bad.
Fed is a spoiled brat, braggart and crybaby manchild. He said he hardly ever suffered in hot weather. Lol!

skeezer Says:

Thanks. All good, your man is having a good run, Delpo should be a good match.

FedExpress Says:

Since Indian Wells and after reaching the No 1 in Rotterdam Fed isnt motivated anymore.

And yes Amit, if the last two GSs are to go by then I think that winning a GS from now on would be a miracle.

Truth Says:

Riiiight. Fed is god as soon as Djoker gets injured.

Broken record, my dear. You are almost as deluded as a rabid Murray fan.

Van Persie Says:

Well, I missed a great match. I saw only last games from 4rd set. Watched only the scores afterwards.
DelPo-Rafa should be awesome as well. Think (not only wish), that DelPo will prevail this time.

Humble Rafa Says:

It feels good. It’s good pain.

Daniel Says:

Actaully his chances are good in AO also, the courts there are way faters these last 2 year and no wonder he won it.

Also, not all player sare quite “there yet” early in the season and Fed always deliver with the amount of semis he made there.

This spam of 4 motnhs from RG to USO is the peak of the season.

Wimbledon also he always have a shot if his serve is clicking, and untill sombedoy outside Big 4 wins there, since 2003 they dominate, they will be favorites. Fed and Djoko more so than Nadal and Murray depending if he recover completly by mid next season.

USO is gone for Fed, with these slow court and next year he will be 38 than 39 after Olympics 2020. Just routine play next 2 years.

But AO 2019 and Wimby 2019 he is still there. If a draw open up he may have an easier path. Look at this year, with Chung semis.

j-kath Says:

Amit: It’s 3 set matches in the Olympics – and it may well be his time to win a singles gold.

Van Persie Says:


Question for you: what is pink, sleeveless and scratches his tush? ;)

P.S. I did read it somewhere :)

chofer Says:

Dear Margot

Aren’t you expecting I’m connected here ALL the time, are you?

Let’s make a pact: You tell what next match you’ll see and we both come here to comment it. How bout that?

I was job while Delpo was playing and had the TV on the background because, you know, it was played in working week?:))

Choose a match. I’ll be there to support you. Word.

Best regards,


j-kath Says:

To Andy-Mira, Okiegal & Mystic-Willow:

Delpo is a formidable contender, but Rafa has shown so much grit and determination that Delpo must be at his very best to beat him. With Rafa nothing is lost until the last ball has been played.

chofer Says:

Cilic, like Delpo, is in some kind of a mission statement of getting rid of One Slam Wonder tag. I believe him, as he’s playing really solid and blasting the ball with accuracy.

Everyone who’s expecting a Rafanole final should second guess that notion.

Perhaps, some of the factors will be altered. Just sayin’.

chofer Says:


Delpo already IS at his very best, believe me.

Id Rafa wins it’s because he’s at his very best, which had no shown here as far as I’m concerned.

Perhaps he’s keeping that for Friday. With him, you never now. But I guarantee you Delpo is playing better than Acapulco and Indian Wells. You know how that turned out.

It’s Rafa the question mark now.

Van Persie Says:

Nope Chofer, after Cilic-Goffin match and after seing Nole reactiong on heat and humidity, I also think DelPo-Cilic final is possible.

Van Persie Says:

Cilic is now confident, that he can beat Djoko

chofer Says:


That’s what I’m saying. I have a 2014 feel here. But Nole is Nole and he OWNS Marin. Like… really. But Marin is so energized. At least, a very long match is not out of the question. He almost beat Rafa in Toronto, too.

I think it will take a monumental effort from Nishi to beat him. If that happens, advantage Nole anyway.

chofer Says:

Let’s say whoever wins this portion of the draw have earned their Slam credentials (unlike most of the women not named Serena)

Should be interestings SFs. Add a healthy Wawrinka and Murray next year and we have a slaughter!

Fed, on the other hand, showed alarming signs of decline on Monday. Weather or not. Millman couldn’t beat him in his dreams.
That must have hurt.

Daniel Says:

Cilic 6-2 first set. Seems no long matches for him now and he will be more than willing to upset Novak. But with that HxH is hard to go agaisnt Djoko.

chofer Says:


Agree. But I’m not seeing a streaight sets win either on that match.

AndyMira Says:

JK…Thank u for your words…and i really appreciate it!…

Also agree with Chofer…That Rafa is a big question mark now…At Wimby when they met for QF,Rafa went into that match very healthy,very fit coz he won all his matches in straight & easy sets…But still DelPo managed to dragged him to 5 sets…Here he’s already played 16 hrs with 3 tough & gruelling matches already under his belt…Easy words,Rafa not very fit & not very healthy…He needs to be aggressive against DelPo to have a chance to win…Try to shorten the points,unleash his DTLFH more often[missing in most times in last 3 matches]…Let see which Rafa who would come out this friday…Aggressive or defensive Rafa…

Margot Says:

chofer: I woke up at stupid O’ clock, only reason I saw 5th set of Rafa/Dom. Am watching Cilic/ Nish because UK. Unlikely to see Nole/whatshisname as middle of the night. Don’t think that helps much. Hoping Rafa/JMDP will be at a good UK time. Will certainly be here for Sunday match.
Skeeze: the back of sofa can’t be too high because dear AM might fall off it in her agitations…

AndyMira Says:

Ha ha ha!…Funny M!!..:)

Van Persie Says:

Nishi diagrees with us atm, he is about to win the 2nd.

Van Persie Says:


Daniel Says:

Cilic was up 4-2 and serve and now Kei 5-4 serving for the set.

This Cilic won’t beat Novak if he loses set 2.

Margot Says:

Cilic is collapsing.

FedExpress Says:

What a mental midget this Cilic guy is

Dominated the first set.

Up a break in the 2nd. loses 4 straight games to lose the set.

How this guy even won a GS is beyond me.

Truth Says:

This is about agility. It doesn’t matter that cilic fluked a Slam. Look at Roddick. LMAO

Margot Says:

^ Nish has made some tactical adjustments to his game so let’s give him some credit.

Daniel Says:

Cilic is to up and down all toruney this tourney.

If we go by form, DelPo and Djoko are the more on form, lets see how Djoko performs tonight in his 5th match. He struggled with heat but he was the top seed who played in worst time.

Van Persie Says:

I will not be able to watch Djoko. Have to wirk tomorrow. Hope I will not wake up with Millman as winner, even if I like him :D

chris ford1 Says:

If there is any consolation for Thiem, he show know he has just passed through a necessary step to becoming a future champion – a huge, achingly close loss to a present champion on a big stage. It is how he responds to it now that will set the future. While a clay prodigy, Rafa had his razor-thin, magnificent loss to Federer in the 2007 Wimbledon as the stepping stone he needed to set up his 2008 triumph. The same painful path was taken by Djokovic to become a champion – losing closely in Slams revealed to Novak that beating both Roger and Nads was doable. Same with Andy Murray with his any Slam final losses finally making him ready to be a Slam winner, a 2-time gold medalist, year end championships winner, and #1 ranked.

We all saw Dom Thiems talents and toughness and moments when it was clear he was making mistakes the Big 4 had more time and experience to purge from their game. It helps answer who exactly will be coming after the Big 4 dwindles from the scene with age. Thiem will be in that cohort, I have no doubt. Maybe he will never be as good as the 3 Legends and Andy too, possibly – but Thiem will hold some big trophies up in his time, and his time is almost…now.

Daniel Says:

Kei takes the breaker and 2-1 lead.

Can he do it?

USO really is the most open Slam, no wash out matches, preety much almost all R4 and QF wer / are competive matches, showing that on a slow HC we have a bunch of outsiders contending, contrary to RG and Wimbledon with just a handfull actually with title chances.

No wonder is the Slam with most different winners and no player able to defend a title since Fed 2008.

Margot Says:

Wow! Just seen Kei get right inside Marin’s head and steal the tie break from under his nose. Don’t know how Marin will respond. With some gamesmanship/smarts of his own?

chris ford1 Says:

VP – I so agree!
I love seeing an older player elevating their game and becoming far better than they were in their “peak age”. Mardy Fish and David Ferrer come to mind. John Millman also has a very appealing personality and that is another reason to wish him well.
But not, I hope, against Djokovic.

John Millman is one of the good stories, along with Delpo again being a contender – that tempers the sadness of Ferrer’s last USO and believing that Federer is now unlikely to be a force on hardcourt with a shot of beating Nadal or Djokovic on that surface. Or journeymen on a bad day.

Humble Rafa Says:


Happy day Daniel, it’s a great day for the Asian continent so far.

J-Kath Says:

Chofer: No argument – Perhaps I should have said Delpo must CONTINUE to be at his very best….because Rafa never knows when he should accept defeat….he goes on to defeat defeat.

lylenubbins Says:

Cilic is playing very erratic against K-Nish today but still in it . . .

Daniel Says:

Kei did it!

Can he and DelPo spoil the Rafole final, as him and Cilil did in 2014 when everybody was sure Fedole would happen?

Also, if DelPo and Kei reach finals we have 8 different Slams finals for the year, something that I think never happened in mens tennis.

Djoko has to do his part next. Hope he do it quick.

skeezer Says:

cómo estás? como estan tus gatos?

Amit Says:

Cilic will never win a GS again. He is just too loose mentally. It’ll be a Nole in final for sure. But we have to see what JMDP does. As i am rooting for JMDP all the way!

Amit Says:

cómo estás? como estan tus gatos?”

Whats da foks, lolzzz
I mean which language is it, lol
Please no offence intended btw 😛😛😛😜

chofer Says:

J Kath

I would NEVER underestimate him. Never. But defeat happen once in a blue moon:))

chofer Says:

Oh sheez. The Mini-Djokovoc won. I think the actual one likes this.

chofer Says:

I’m starting to think Cilic is the Kvitova of men’s tennis. Just less succesful. Too much power, so little brain.

chofer Says:

Everyone praises Rafa’s warrior attitude, which is fine. Someday we’ll have to talk about how smart he is around a court.

chofer Says:

Djokovic-Millmann next. I think I’m going out. What an anticlimax after the other three matches. You know I’m not talking about the djoker. But seriously… Federer completely lost it.

chris ford1 Says:

Nish and Nole. They have had some high quality, entertaining matches, with Djokovic usually the winner. But 1st let’s see how the Millman match goes.

Nadal has had two very tough matches against Khachanov and Thiem, will have a tough semi against Delpo I think. It’s hard to speculate, obviously, but even Rafa can only take so many grueling matches before a Final. It would be horrific for him to find he faces Djokovic in the final..
So to spare him the nightmare he considers Djokovic to be, I hope Delpo takes his half’s semifinal.

chofer Says:


“Also, if DelPo and Kei reach finals we have 8 different Slams finals for the year, something that I think never happened in mens tennis”

I think it happened in 1990,but I’m not sure.

But I think we’ll have 4 different Slam winners, like that year:))

chofer Says:

Nope, Edberg was finalist at the AO in 1990 and winner of Wimbledon.

Daniel Says:

“But I think we’ll have 4 different Slam winners, like that year:))”

That would be just great DelPo win a Slam again after what he’s been through .

Ladys semis over quick, great, last think I need is another super long match. Zombie this week and not even finish last 2 matches, Fed and Nadal.

Djoko in about 15 min. Hope he is super sharp with return game on point.

El_matador Says:

Stressful times,cant watch tennis regularly..but i will surely watch happy to see delpo reach the semi here but i dont want any more glorious failure!..& judging by chofer’s comments in this tournament,i’ve high hopes for the big man!!…vamosss delpo!!

AndyMira Says:

I think Millman’s tactic today is to engage Nole in as many rally as possible to wear Nole’s out…I heard humidity is 82% Roger said,being a Queenslander maybe give Millman an adv a little bit…let’s see whether his tactics will work his way or not…Nole is not a usual player after all…

Van orten Says:

Half dead fed almost won v millman . So hard to imagine millman can do some harm to djoker …seeing millman here how he has to work every point without any real weapons it’s astonishing he had a chance to go that far in this us open . Great fighter

Humble Rafa Says:

Everyone praises Rafa’s warrior attitude, which is fine. Someday we’ll have to talk about how smart he is around a court


You are smarter than your name suggests.

Daniel Says:

Wow, Millaman reaching everything but Djoko won the amazing point in the end, 0-40.

Humble Rafa Says:

Door mat Milk Man is not impressing anyone including himself.

Daniel Says:

kkkk Djoko displicente in that point. Just needed a firm volley.

And How Millman reach that lobby?!?!

Daniel Says:

Djoko 1/10 in BP’s is just awful. Should start sparing some return going fro broke.

Daniel Says:

Djoko missing the killer shots, unbalanced a few times. This is a dangerous match. Millaman a plying the same drain tactic against Fed.

Today not as hot 26 C / 78F, but very humid 86%.

Van orten Says:

Millman the tropical-man

Van orten Says:

No one is save in this us open .

Daniel Says:

WTF is going on, never seen this before?! 2-2 and they suddenly stop. Djoko asking something to his box, some medicine. Millman will change his entire attire locker room.

Van orten Says:

Surreal it’s like watching the same match again …

Daniel Says:

1/13 BP

Daniel Says:

Finally he breaks and will serve for the set or will he not? Match should be close over by now had he got at least 30% of BP’s.

Daniel Says:

To me is all about the court speed, or lack of it. We have Nadal and Kei already in finals who retrieve everything. And Millman causing trouble.

Daniel Says:

2-0. Cold bath for Millman, Djoko not allowing him to get that extra fire he got in Fed match. Should close this in 3.

Daniel Says:

Millman`s atitude is sublime this tourney, if only a few talented players could have his resolve. We would be in for a treat tennis wise.

Daniel Says:

Love this Djoko coming to the net, even with a few volley misses and the occasional cringe Djoko smash

BBB Says:

I’m not gonna lie. I see stuff like this and think, “I’m not bummed out not to be married to a crazy Serb anymore.”

Van Persie Says:

Ses it was not exactly piece of cake, but Nole made it. Great!

Mystic - Willow Says:

LOL Chris Ford 1 always manages to gently steer the conversation around to been about Novak no matter who we are talking about ….

J-Kath Says:

Truth @ 1.23pm SAYS:

(a)”Riiiight. Fed is god as soon as Djoker gets injured.
Broken record, my dear”.

Reply: Wonder if anyone knows to whom you refer.

(b) “You are almost as deluded as a rabid Murray fan”.

Reply: I assume that this comment is directed at 3 posters (including myself)who support Andy Murray.

Perhaps you would like to apologise?

Ramon O. Says:

Unbelievable match. We’re going to have an epic final. I expect Djoker to get through Kei in 4 sets. Setting up Delpo Djoker. Thor vs. the best defender in the history of tennis. Should be fun!

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