Rafael Nadal loses five-setter to Lucas Pouille

Fourth seed Rafael Nadal is out of the US Open after being beaten in five sets by world number 25 Lucas Pouille.

The Frenchman outlasted the two-time champion over five gruelling sets 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 to reach the quarter-finals, where he will play his countryman Gaël Monfils.

The match lasted four hours and seven minutes, and went to a tiebreak. At 6-6 in the breaker, Rafa had a brilliant opportunity to bring up a match point but dumped his forehand into the net with the court wide open. Pouille pulled off a winner down the line the next point to seal victory.

Source: The Guardian

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40 comments

  1. Poullie only won because Rafa missed an easy forham but sometimes easy is not,so Poullie was lucky for that he won

  2. How many more times must Rafa lose to such a youngster on a fifth set tiebreak before the USO organisers wake up and revert back to our good old advantage deciders?! I think it’s just unfair that after FOUR HOURS of epic fight, ONE NET decided it all. It seems Rafa doesn’t like final set tiebreaks too (he lost in Rio vs Delpo and now at USO) 🙁 I think winning both matches 9-7 (or even 12-10 if necessary) wouldn’t hurt him much physically, and wouldn’t ruin the remainders of the tournaments for us, Rafans.

    Hope Rafa gets better at next tournaments. VAMOS 🙂

  3. How many times must Rafa lose to such a youngster before the USO organisers wake up and revert back to our good old advantage deciders?! It’s just unfair that after more than FOUR HOURS of epic fight, ONE NET decided it all. And it seems Rafa doesn’t like final set tiebreaks too (he lost vs Delpo at Olympics and now at USO) 😢. I think it would be much better for all us Rafans to see him win both matches 21-19 in the decider.

    Hope Rafa gets better at next tournaments. VAMOS 😃

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