US Open 2016: Rafael Nadal crashes out after losing to Frenchman Lucas Pouille

The 22-year-old Pouille beat the fourth seeded Rafael Nadal 6-1 2-6 6-4 3-6 7-6(6) in a grueling four hour, seven minute match.

By: Reuters | New York | Updated: September 5, 2016 12:25 pm
Lucas Pouille, of France, shakes hands with Rafael Nadal, of Spain, after winning their match during the fourth round of the US Open tennis tournament, Sunday, September 4, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Lucas Pouille, of France, shakes hands with Rafael Nadal, of Spain, after winning their match during the fourth round of the US Open tennis tournament, Sunday, September 4, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Young Frenchman Lucas Pouille scored a stunning five-set upset over 14-times grand slam singles winner Rafa Nadal, winning a climactic tiebreaker 8-6 to reach the US Open quarter-finals on Sunday.

Displaying poise beyond his years, the 22-year-old Pouille took charge early and led two sets to one, then rebounded after sagging in the fourth set to win 6-1 2-6 6-4 3-6 7-6(6) in a four hour, seven minute struggle against the fourth seed.

Playing in his third consecutive five-set match, 24th seed Pouille, still looking for his first ATP Tour title, showed that his quarter-final advance earlier this season at Wimbledon was no fluke.

“I couldn’t dream better than this,” he said in an on-court interview after falling flat on his back in celebration after his forehand winner ended the marathon on his fourth match point.

Pouille will play 10th-seeded compatriot Gael Monfils in the last eight.

Monfils advanced with a 6-3 6-2 6-3 victory winner against unseeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, and has yet to lose a set in the tournament.