Rafael Nadal defeated by Feliciano Lopez in Cincinnati!

Just when you think a potential quarter final match between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer is on the cards the former world number one suffers another early defeat this time to fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.

Nadal led the head to head 9-3 against Lopez however with Lopez’s win in Cincinnati he has now won the last two meetings against Nadal with his last lost against him coming at the 2012 Australian Open. Even with Nadal’s poor form recently even when he took the first set 7-5 you would have expected him go on through to the quarter finals but credit to Lopez who fought hard to advance to the next round. The ranking of the last 6 opponents he has lost to include:

Feliciano Lopez – 23
Kei Nishikori – 4
Dustin Brown – 102
Alexandr Dolgopolov – 79
Novak Djokovic – 1
Stan Wawrinka 9

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