Rafael Nadal Happy Despite US Open Defeat

US Open, Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal, French OpenRafael 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.