Tennis

Rafael Nadal suffers shock defeat on clay to Fabio Fognini

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The defeat, in particular the second set which saw Nadal save five match points to avoid a bagel, will raise questions about the Spaniard's health heading into next month's French Open.A knee problem meant the 32-year-old had to pull out of a semifinal against Roger Federer at last month's Indian Wells and forced him to withdraw from the Miami Masters a week later.Seeking a 12th title in Monte-Carlo, cracks were perhaps beginning to show in the previous round, as Nadal had to battle back from 4-1 down in the first set against Guido Pella, before eventually taking it on a tie break.READ: Li Na wants the movie about her life to inspire womenREAD: Federer defeats Isner to win 101st career singles title at Miami OpenThis is the fourth time in 15 matches that Fognini has got the better of Nadal — who was on an 18-match winning streak in the principality — and is one of just seven players to have beaten the 17-time grand slam champion more than once on clay.The 31-year-old Fognini, who deserveRead More – Source

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