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AP

World No.8 Rafael Nadal is out of the US Open 2015 in the third round at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York City.

Italian Fabio Fognini thrash Nadal in a five set win, 3-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 on Friday.

The fourteen-time Grand Slam Champion will finish the season without a single grand slam title for the first time since 2004.

The two-time US Open champion after the match said; “I accept that it is not my year and will keep working hard to finish the season in a positive way.”

“I improved something that I think I am doing from the beginning of the season. I think I have a good base now. When I am losing, I am losing because the opponents beat me, not because I lose the match.”- added Nadal.

The 32 seed, 28-year-old Foginini will face Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the fourth round.

Lopez beat 10th seed Milos Raonic of Canada to enter the fourth round of US Open 2015.

“It was an incredible match against the player who is the best in the world.”- said Italian Fabio Fognini.

It was Rafael’s defeat number 15 of this season. He has only managed to beat two top-10 players in this year.

Nadal only for the second time in his career has been stretched to a five-setter at the US Open.