Rafael Nadal’s US open upset pushes the Spaniard to do some thinking about his career but he promises that this will not be the end. The 14-time major champion got knocked out of the competition after facing a much younger opponent in No. 25 seed Lucas Pouille. The 22-year-old Frenchman scored a stunning five-set win over Nadal to reach the quarter-finals on Sunday.
“I don’t start from zero. That’s a positive thing,” Nadal told reporters Sunday night after his shocking loss in the fourth round of the US Open. “I have the motivation to keep working.”
In a report published by USA Today, the 30-year old 14-time major champion needs to consider some changes in his game or his approach to the sport and he knows it. Change is vital for him if he wants to win Grand Slam No. 15 and beyond.
“Losing in the fourth round after having a big chance to play a great event here, feeling myself ready for it, for sure I am not very satisfied, no? I am sad,” Nadal added. “But that’s it. I give it my best. I try my best. I fight until the last ball. I need to improve in other things, but I am going to do it.”
Nadal has been in and out of injury for the past couple of competitions and now yet another upset for the Spaniard. This only means that 2016 is the first year since 2004 in which Nadal has failed to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final, according to BBC.
Pouille recovered from a break down in the fifth before converting his fourth match point in the tie-break to give Nadal a shocking US Open upset and win the match, 6-1 2-6 6-4 3-6 7-6 (8-6). The match lasted for more than 4 hours.
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