Nadal bundled out of US Open, Williams sisters pull through, Djokovic too

By Editor on 05/09/2015

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World number eight Rafael Nadal is out of the US Open after losing a five-set, third-round thriller to Italian Fabio Fognini at Flushing Meadows.

Spaniard Nadal's 10-year run of winning at least one Grand Slam singles title was ended by the world number 32, who won 3-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4.

It is the first time the 29-year-old - twice a US Open champion - has lost in a Grand Slam having been two sets up.

Rafael Nadal

Fognini, 28, faces Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the fourth round.

Earlier this year, Nadal lost in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open to Czech Tomas Berdych and the last eight at the French Opento Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic, before he was eliminated in the second round of Wimbledon by American qualifier Dustin Brown.

It is also the earliest Nadal, who was seeded eighth, has been eliminated from the US Open since a third-round exit at the hands of American James Blake in 2005.

"The only thing this means is I played worse than the last 10 years," said the 14-time Grand Slam winner. "That's the real thing. By the way, for me it was amazing to win 10 years in a row a Grand Slam.

"You can imagine how difficult it is to make that happen. I have to accept that it was not my year and keep fighting till the end of the season to finish in a positive way."

Clay court specialist Fognini, who had lost his last seven matches on hard courts coming into this tournament, played magnificently from the third set on against an opponent he had beaten twice this season but lost to in the final of the Hamburg Open in August.

In a gripping final set, the two traded seven service breaks in a row, before Fognini brought the three hour 46-minute tie to an end shortly after 01:00 local time.

"I can't describe how happy I am," said Fognini. "It was very tough. To do it against Rafa, two sets down - it was an incredible match."

Fognini is in to the fourth round at Flushing Meadows for the first time and is the first Italian man to reach this stage at the US Open since Davide Sanguinetti 10 years ago.

On the otherhand, Serena Williams was two games from defeat before recovering to beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands and keep her Grand Slam hopes alive at the US Open.

The world number one came back to win 3-6 7-5 6-0 in round three at Flushing Meadows.

Williams, 33, is aiming to become the first player to win the calendar Grand Slam since 1988.

Men's top seed Novak Djokovic progressed by beating Andreas Seppi in straight sets.

"I'm not trying to live on the edge," said Williams after another tense victory edged her closer to making history.

Williams' fightback against fellow American Mattek-Sands, ranked 100 places lower, means she remains on course to meet older sister Venus in the quarter-finals in New York.

Two-time champion Venus Williams, the oldest player in the draw at 35, upset 18-year-old 12th seed Belinda Bencic in a 6-3 6-4 win.


Serena Williams and Venus Williams

Serena and Venus embrace each other



Source BBC

Posted on September, 5 2015

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