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Fabio Fognini

Nadal blows 2-set Slam lead for 1st time, loses to Fognini

For the first time in his career, Rafael Nadal lost a Grand Slam match after taking a two-set lead. And for the first time since 2004, he will end a season without winning at least one Grand Slam title. "The only thing it means," Nadal said about that streak coming to a close, "is I played amazing the last 10 years." Once so seemingly invincible, able to run down every last ball and tough to slow down once out in front, Nadal was beaten 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 by 32nd-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy in the third round of the U.S. Open. "To win like that — against him, from two sets down — is something incredible," Fognini said, calling it a...