NEW YORK – Fabio Fognini stood at the baseline and looked up. It was nearly 1:30a.m. on a relatively cool night in New York. The stadium around him was in shock.
He, too, couldn't seem to believe what he had just done. The 28-year-old Italian knocked fan-favorite Rafael Nadal out of the U.S. Open, winning a five-setter in which Nadal had taken the first two sets.
Nadal had never lost a Grand Slam match in which he won the first two sets. But on Friday, the two-time champion walked off the court on the wrong side of 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, upset by the No. 32 seed.
Nadal lost in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros and the Australian Open this year. He lost in the second round at Wimbledon. He had not dropped a set coming into this third-round match. This will be the first year since 2004 that he did not win a single Grand Slam.
"For me [it] was amazing [to] win 10 years in a row... You can imagine how difficult [it] is [to] make that happen," he said after the match. "[I'll] acceptRead More »from Ciao Bella: Rafael Nadal knocked out of U.S. Open in third round