Del Potro wins incredible Thiem battle

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Del Potro reached the quarter-finals last year as the world number 142
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Juan Martin del Potro staged a remarkable comeback from two sets down to beat sixth seed Dominic Thiem to reach the US Open quarter-finals.

The 2009 champion was struggling with illness from the outset and received treatment in the first set.

With the crowd behind him, the Argentine saved two match points and rallied to take it to a decider, coming through 1-6 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-1) 6-4.

Del Potro will now face either Roger Federer or Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Thiem, 24, reached the fourth round last year and came up against Del Potro, but had to retire with a knee injury.

It looked like the meeting between the pair would be hindered by a lack of fitness once again, but it turned into an epic encounter.

Juan Martin del Potro appeared to be given medication early in the match

Del Potro, 28, was broken in the first game and seemed to be struggling with his eyesight.

Having lost the first set in 36 minutes, and after receiving medical treatment, the former champion finally hit his first winner in the 12th game but then wasted three break point opportunities.

The third set was far more competitive, as Del Potro appeared to be buoyed by medication and a partisan crowd. He broke Thiem in the second game and raced clear to take the set.

The 24th seed saved two match points in the fourth with aces and the Grandstand Court went wild when Del Potro won the resulting tie-break to take it to a decider.

There was more drama when Del Potro failed to convert three break points while 3-2 up in the fifth, but an hour after facing match point, the Argentine completed the unlikely comeback as Thiem served a double fault.

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