New York: Rafael Nadal had never mislaid a Grand Slam compare when holding a two-set lead until he was beaten 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 by 32nd-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy in a third turn of a U.S. Open on Friday night.
The eighth-seeded Nadal’s better also ends a Spaniard’s 10-year strain of winning during slightest one vital pretension per season. He mislaid in a quarterfinals during a Australian Open and a French Open, afterwards a second turn during Wimbledon.
Nadal, who has won dual of his 14 career vital titles during Flushing Meadows, not usually claimed a initial dual sets opposite Fognini, yet also led by a mangle in a third during 3-1.
He couldn’t means it, though, as Fognini began holding some-more high-risk shots — and putting copiousness right where he wanted them, circuitous adult with some-more than twice as many winners as Nadal, 70 to 30.
Ripping large groundstrokes off both wings, many on a full sprint, a dual group intent in interesting exchanges that anxious a Arthur Ashe Stadium throng until scarcely 1:30 a.m. Saturday, 3 hours, 45 mins after they began.
The 52-minute fifth set alone was filled with one apparent movement pitch after another. Starting during 1-all, there were 7 uninterrupted breaks of serve, a settlement that finally finished when Fognini pennyless to go forward 5-4, afterwards hold to finish it.
Nadal had won 22 of his final 23 U.S. Open matches, including earning titles in 2010 and 2013, and reaching a final in 2011. He missed a contest since of health issues in 2012 and final year.
Fognini reached a fourth turn during Flushing Meadows for a initial time. The final Italian male to get that distant during a U.S. Open was Davide Sanguinetti a decade ago.