"The only truth is that you have to do things better to be able to fight for the point and fight for the match".
" The conditions were tough, very humid for me".
Nadal ran into an inspired opponent for the second match in a row and was put through his paces by Nikoloz Basilashvili before eventually coming through 6-3, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4. Moving head-to-head in the thrilling clash, the tie-breaker in the decisive set seemed to be the fitting end of the match.
Both will be hot favourites in their matches, with Djokovic facing Portugal's Joao Sousa before Federer takes on John Millman of Australia in the night session.
"I'm very, very sorry", Nadal revealed he'd said to Thiem as they embraced.
However, the Austrian faces a daunting challenge and will be hoping to redeem himself after his capitulation at Roland Garros against Nadal in their quarter-final tie at Flushing Meadows.
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Nadal, the defending champion, was "bagelled" in the first set as the Spaniard won only seven points.
It was his 58th unforced error on a night when he sent down 18 aces and fired 74 winners.
Dominic Thiem had to back up to go forward. "But there has to be one".
The 36-year-old secured a semi-final berth after defeating Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 in the quarter-final match.
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Messi has won four Champions League titles to Ronaldo's five although the Argentine's last win came back in 2015. Messi says Barcelona are desperate for European success this year after three consecutive quarter-final exits.
At Wimbledon, Nadal came back from two sets to one down to win in five in a quarterfinal which stretched to nearly five hours.
The fact that Thiem has beaten the "King of Clay" three times on the dirt will give him huge confidence that he has what it takes to win here in what will be their first meeting on a hard court. It was Williams' first win over a top-10 player this season.
"I told myself "wake up", said Nadal.
Thiem produced a stunning service exhibition‚ winning 91% of points on his first serve and never giving up a break point.
Nadal will next face 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro.
The 33-year-old Isner is the tournament leader in aces and was nailing them against Raonic with 140 miles per hour serves.
"I know he's been playing well so I'll have to play at my highest level", the Spaniard concluded. "Beating John in these kind of matches is like an epic, an epic match". "But in few days I will look back and will remember how great it was to play in front of a packed Arthur Ashe - this great match". I didn't want to come back out'.
Isner said he needed to change his shirt 11 times.
His 12th appearance breaks the Ryder Cup record held by Nick Faldo.
"I just wish him all the very very best".