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Nadal stunned by defeat to Fognini
05 Sep 2015 09:09
Rafael Nadal crashed out of the US Open third round after losing a five-set thriller to Italy's Fabio Fognini.
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Nadal looked certain to reach the last 16 in Flushing Meadows when he opened up a two-set lead under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium, but Fognini pulled off a stunning fightback to win 3-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4.
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It is the first grand slam match Nadal has lost from two sets up and means the Spaniard finishes the year without a major title for the first time since 2004.
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A disappointing season has seen the 14-time grand slam champion slip to eighth in the world rankings while losing in the quarter-finals at the Australian and French Opens, and in the second round at Wimbledon.
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"The only thing that means is I played worse than the last ten years," Nadal said.
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"That's the real thing. By the way, for me it was amazing to win a grand slam ten years in a row. I think nobody did. You can imagine how difficult it is to make that happen.
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"I accept this was not my year and keep fighting until the end of the season to finish in a positive way for me."
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The 29-year-old had been bullish about his form coming into the tournament and after his second-round win he said criticism of his performances had gone too far.
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Fognini, however, proved too powerful for his opponent in the final three sets, executing 70 winners during an exhilarating match, which lasted three hours and 46 minutes.
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"I probably I make a lot of unforced errors, but it doesn't matter," the 32nd seed said.
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"You have to do that with a great player that runs a lot on the baseline. He's one of the best players in the world.
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"With Rafa, you have to risk. You have to attack him when you have the chance. He is one of the best passing player in the world, if not the best."
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The world number 30 will now play Spain's Feliciano Lopez, who beat 10th seed Milos Raonic 6-2 7-6 (7/4) 6-3.
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