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Thiem unconvinced with Nadal’s apology after US Open loss

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EARLIER this week, Rafael Nadal apologised to Dominic Thiem at the net after their gruelling five-set US Open battle – but the Austrian was not convinced about the genuity in the apology.

Nadal said sorry to his opponent after he narrowly edged a deciding tie-break after almost five hours on court.

Thiem had put in a spirited performance which pushed the top seed right to the wire. But the Austrian does not believe his opponent was truly sorry for dumping him out of the American Grand Slam.

“Well, I don’t think he’s really sorry (laughter),” Thiem said.

“I would say the first really epic match I played.

“I played some good ones before, but not that long, not that long against the great guys on the Grand Slam stage.

“I’m happy that I did this for the first time, even if it went the wrong way.

“Of course, now I’m devastated a little bit.

“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.”

Thiem won the opening set with a bagel but he eventually fell to a 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7(4), 7-6(5) defeat.

“I started of course really fast,” he added.

“That’s what I was hoping to do, as well. That’s what I was preparing for.

“But I think he was also not on his top level in the first set, for sure not. Normally he doesn’t lose against nobody 6-0.

“But still it was great. Of course, my level dropped a little bit.

“Besides this first set, it was just an open and great game.”

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