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The top-seeded Nadal and the ninth-seed Thiem fought tooth and nail in a match that looked destined to never end.
For Nadal he has now played in the two longest matches of the US Open after being pushed for four-hours and 23 minutes in the third round
Their epic encounter finally came to a close when Nadal managed to outlast Thiem in a gruelling fifth-set tie-break and advance 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7, 7-6.
Thankfully for the Spanish master he’ll now have two days off before he lines up against Argentinian third-seed Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-final.
Fans in attendance and watching around the world couldn’t believe what they were witnessing as the game crept past 2am local time.
Nadal completed the remarkable victory despite being completely blown away in the opening set where he only managed to win a total of seven points.
But as stunning as the contest was, fans were enamoured by the revelation of a bubbling new romance being brought to light.
Spotted in the box of Thiem was Kristina Mladenovic who was eliminated in the second round by Carla Suarez Navarro.
Mladenovic previously sat in the box of Thiem during the French Open and while their romance has been ongoing since last year, many fans only clicked thanks to the prime time slot of the contest.
But while the camera continually panned to Mladenovic cheering on every single Thiem point, she was just one of many big names in the crowd.
The red carpet was rolled out for the contest with the celebrities definitely getting their money’s worth.