But the first step to change that dynamic is not to find an excuse on the racket or on the string or on something that is not the truth.
Thiem pushed Nadal to break point in the ninth game.
At the end of four hours and 49 minutes, at 2:04 am NY time, that's the word Thiem was left ruing.
When it was all over, Nadal was happy to be in a seventh US Open semifinal, but even happier that he'd done everything he could to turn the match around. Why? "I think because Basilashvili just relaxed, for the first two sets he is too far from the baseline, he is not doing too much with the ball", Wilander said.
With Thiem serving at 5-6 30-30, a desperate lunging forehand looked to be easy pickings for Nadal at the net only for the 32-year-old to net it.
Nadal trailed by a break in the third set before taking it.
"I'm very sorry for Dominic", Nadal added. "He is young and has plenty of time to win tournaments". The quarterfinal exit marks the deepest run Thiem has made at a major other than Roland Garros. "The only true is that you have to be able to do things better to be able to fight for the point and fight for the match, no?"
Present victor of the event 3 times filed via, actively gained fifty five factors and has made forty nine unforced errors.
"When Thiem has beaten Rafa, he's taken the serve early", Rusedski said on Amazon's Prime coverage when giving his thoughts before the match.
"I'm going to remember this match, for sure". I think we nearly all the time have great matches. "But there has to be one". The win was sealed when Thiem missed a hard overhead smash long, and Nadal looked to the sky, equal parts overjoyed and relieved.
Under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium, Nadal and Thiem delivered the NY crowd another memorable marathon, this time for a spot in the US Open semifinals.
Thiem came out swinging, and connecting; he hit five aces, 13 winners, and handed Nadal a rare bagel in the first set. But he is still a rarity in the tennis circles, in that he has beaten Nadal twice on clay: in Madrid previous year and Rome this time around. The way it ended up in the fifth set tiebreaker, there it's 50/50.
In the fifth, Nadal held three break points at 5-all, love-40, but Thiem took the next five points told serve.
Del Potro's victory was no walk in the park either, the Argentinian battling through strength-sapping heat and humidity to win 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 7-6 (7/4) 6-2.
He'll face 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro next. "I don't think he's really sorry", said the 25-year-old.
By virtue of losing the opening set against John Isner, Del Potro ensured the US Open will remain the only grand slam in the Open era where no man has won the singles title without dropping a set.