Nadal is looking no further ahead than the challenge posed by Thiem.
The top seed gritted his teeth and went again in the tiebreak.
He gave her an autographed hat with a personal message cementing their friendship.
Nadal, bidding for a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title, faced no break points and struck 42 winners to just seven unforced errors
I don’t understand why Britain can’t consistently produce good tennis players.