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The Wall Street Journal: Rafael Nadal stunned in marathon match at U.S. Open

Rafael Nadal, once the most reliable player in tennis in close matches, suffered a heartbreaking defeat at the U.S. Open.

Lucas Pouille, a 22-year-old from France, beat Nadal in five tense sets on Sunday that lasted four hours and seven minutes, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(6).

Nadal led by a break of serve early in the fifth set. In the fifth-set tiebreaker, he trailed 6-3 before saving three match points to tie the score at 6-6. But then Nadal missed a shot that he never used to miss, a forehand in the middle of the court that was ready made for a winner.

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