Rafael Nadal says he was happy with his effort and prospects going forward this season despite suffering a shock fourth-around loss at the US Open to Frenchman Lucas Pouille.
The fourth-seeded Spaniard felt that he squandered an opportunity to do something special at flushing meadows this year with his 6-1 2-6 6-4 3-6 7-6 defeat prolonging the 14-time grand slam title winner’s quarter-final drought at major tournaments.
Playing his third consecutive five-set match, Pouille, has shown that his quarter-final advance earlier this season at Wimbledon was no fluke.
Meanwhile, top seed Novak Djokovic, has edged out unseeded Briton, Kyle Edmund, gobbling up a large serving of points in a 6-2 6-1 6-4 romp that put him into the quarter-finals.
Djokovic had a second-round walkover as Czech Jiri Vesely withdrew due to injury, and was leading 4-2 in his third-round match when Russian, Mikhail Youzhny retired with a leg ailment making it six days since his last full match.
Djokovic’s victory put him into the last eight against ninth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.