World No. 3 Rafael Nadal is out of the Rio Open, beaten 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the semifinals by fourth-seeded Fabio Fognini on Saturday. The Italian ended Rafa’s 52-match win streak in tour-level semi-finals on clay.
Rafa complained of cramps from the Rio heat, and said he simply has not played enough. He said he’s motivated, and said Rio “was not a negative week.”
“I have to be happy the way I played that first set. But I got tired too early today. … But these kinds of things can happen.” (via AP)