Rafael Nadal has admitted that his US Open quarter-final five-set thriller with Dominic Thiem was “special”, according to a report on the Express.

The Spaniard was blown away 0-6 in the first set by Thiem and had to give all his strength and energy into getting himself back into the match.

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Nadal eventually overcame his Austrian opponent 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7(4), 7-6(5) to reach the semi-finals of the tournament.

When speaking about the thrilling match, the world number one said:

What is important about this match is the level of tennis, the dramatic match.

When the things happen like this, the atmosphere and the crowd became more special. People get involved. Yeah, it has been a great match, great atmosphere there. I’m happy to be part of it.

But not because it’s three in the morning. I am not happy about this.

Before the match, Nadal was wary of the threat posed by Thiem, who came roaring out of the blocks in the first set. This was the pair’s first meeting on a hard court and it’s fair to say that it was a memorable one.