Monday, 5 September 2016

RAFAEL NADAL Dumped Out Of US Open in a Surprising Game.

Rafael Nadal has crashed out of the US Open as the Spaniard lost a five-set thriller to France's Lucas Pouille in the fourth round.

Nadal saved three match points in a pulstating final-set tie-break, but could not avert the fourth as pouille triumphed 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6 7-6 (8/6).

The 14-time major champion has now failed to go past the fourth round in his last five Grand Slams, while Pouille advances to meet fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils in the quater-finals.

Nadal led by 4-2 and a break in the deciding set in Arthur Ashe Stadium but Pouille broke back, winning four out of the next six games to force a tie-break.

The 22-year-old then pulled 6-3 clear to open up three match points but, while Nadal saved them all, he then missed a simple forehand and Pouille pounced to snatch a victorious victory.

Pouille said; "It took everything, it is my first match on the centre court against Rafa. I couldn't dream better than this.
"With three match points I thought, 'you are going to win this one'. At 6-6, I was not the same. Honestly I am the most happy in this tournament.
"It is never until the last point. I was a break down in the fifth, I came back. It is never finished until the last point is over.

Radael Nadal said; "I need something else. I need something more that was not there today. I'm going to keep working to try to find.
"But, yes, it was a very, very close match where anything could happen. I just congratulate the opponent that probably he played with better decisions than me the last couple of points.
"Menta or physical doesn't  matter. I am out of the tournament. Physical is for sure, no. I fight till the end. Of course it was not a physical thing.

"it was not mental thing. It was sport and in sport you loose or you win. The opponent wants to win the same, like you." .

Nadal has enjoyed greater success away from the grand slams this year but he rejected the suggestion he is struggling to cope with the pressure.

Nadal said; " After winning 14 and being in semi-finals a lot of times, you feel that's a pressure?. I am 30 years old. After having the career that i have, it is not a question of pressure."

Pouille has now won three five-set matches in a row at the US Open after coming from behind to beat both Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut and swiss qualifier Marco Chiudinelli.

The Frenchman said; "During the practice it was 6-1 6-3 for him. I was not confident before the match.
"He was playing very close to the baseline during the practice. If my return was not perfect, then he was going with the forehand and almost did only winners.
"So today I decided to be far from the baseline to hit the ball hard and try to then come closer. I think that was the good choice."


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