Rafael Nadal is out of the 2015 US Open after a five set men’s singles third round defeat to Italy’s Fabio Fognini in the early hours of Saturday in New York. Nadal moved into a 6-3, 6-4 lead at the Arthur Ashe Stadium before faltering. The Italian came back to take the following sets 6-3, 6-4 to set up a deciding set.
The 32nd seed was 4-3 up and serving before the Spaniard broke. Incredibly Fognini broke back to love to lead 5-4 and was serving for the match. There would be no mistake on this occasion as the two-time Flushing Meadows champion was sent packing after 3 hours and 46 minutes.
Another Spaniard, David Ferrer, was eliminated on the night as well. The seventh seed was dumped out of the tournament at the hands of France’s Jeremy Chardy 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. Chardy will play Marin Cilic in the next round while Fognini comes up against another Spaniard in Feliciano Lopez.
World number one Novak Djokovic is through to the fourth round after a tricky 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 win against Andrea Seppi in the Big Apple. The top seed needed two hours and 28 minutes to oust the Italian. Djokovic plays Roberto Bautista Agut or David Goffin next.
Defending champion Cilic defeated Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-1 in a four hours and ten minutes marathon at the Louis Armstrong Stadium. The ninth seed served down 27 aces but will want to cut down on his 52 unforced errors. There was also good news for South Africa as Raven Klaasen won through to the men’s doubles second round.
Klaasen, teaming up with American Rajeev Ram, got the better of Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis and Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in two hours and three minutes. Klaasen is also through to the Mixed Doubles second round. The South Africa and American Raquel Kops-Jones defeated Katarena Srebotnik and Dominic Inglot 7-6, 3-6, 10-5.