Rafael Nadal has struggled mightily before falling 6-1 2-6 6-4 3-6 7-6 (8-6) to Lucas Pouille at the US Open in a fourth-round marathon lasting more than four hours.
The two-time champion was unable to capitalise on a 1-0 lead in the fifth set against the record third Frenchman to reach the last eight in New York – a first in the Open tennis era.
Also on Sunday, Novak Djokovic played his first match since the first round after a pair of walkovers, hammering Brit Kyle Edmund 6-1 6-2 6-4 in a post-midnight finish.
Nadal said after the loss: “There were things I could do better but I had the right attitude,”
“I fought right up to the last ball but something more was not there today. I’m going to keep working to try to find it.
Djokovic said after his win: “It was great to play a match,”
“I’m glad to be back after a weird week. I came out of the blocks well and started with the right intensity.”