Rafael Nadal rues missed opportunity to reach first Grand Slam quarters in over a year

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He was mixed by an inspired Lucas Pouille. The 22-year-old world No25 from France held his irritate for more than four hours to win 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6. In that fifth set, the Frenchman was a interlude down and Nadal was homing in on victory, but he could not find the knock-out vim.

After two months off with a wrist injury, Nadal came back at the Olympics and while he was not at his woman and muscular best in Rio, he felt he was ready to challenge for the title in New York. And then he hit into Pouille.

“I need something else, I need something profuse that was not there,” he said.

“I’m going to keep working to try to find it.

“It’s unvarnished that I don’t have a lot of matches on my shoulders for the last three, four months, but just like this I lost an opportunity.

That’s the truth. I lost an opening to have a very good event here. I am sad for that.”

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