Rafa Nadal, the 14-time Grand Slam champion, lost his R16 match to a 22 year old Frenchman Lucas Pouille after going down in the final set tiebreak. Pouille prevailed 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6) to hand the Spaniard another early major exit. Rafa won his last GS at Paris in 2014 and since then has been struggling to be in contention for the game’s biggest silverwares.
“There were things I could do better. Had the right attitude. I (fought) right up to the last ball,” said Nadal. “I can play better. I can play worse. The only thing that cannot be bad is the attitude. Today the attitude was great. That’s it.”
It was the longest match of the tournament with both players ending with the same number of points won. Obviously, a major exit like this was bound to keep the world awake and draw strong reactions across the globe.
Here’s how the twitter reacted after watching their hero bow out
— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) September 4, 2016
— BBC Tennis (@bbctennis) September 4, 2016
— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) September 4, 2016
But a big congratulations to @RafaelNadal on a fantastic effort. A tough loss but great to see you working hard to get back to top form
— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) September 4, 2016
A dumb reporter just asked @RafaelNadal if he has trouble dealing with pressure!? The best claycourt player of all time & one of the GOATS.
— Michael Russell (@MRusselltennis) September 5, 2016
— RafaNadalFANS (@RafaNadalFANS) September 4, 2016