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Fernando Verdasco stuns Rafael Nadal in Miami Open upset

Miami: Fernando Verdasco upset second seed Rafael Nadal 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 Sunday in a third-round matchup of Spaniards to advance at the ATP and WTA Miami Open.

Nadal, a four-time Miami runner-up, leaves the Masters Series event without a title again this year after his 11th appearance.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal. Pic/ AFP

Verdasco, ranked 29th, defeated Nadal for the second time in a row, although their prior match was three years ago in Madrid.

Nadal saved a match point in the eighth game of the second set trailing 5-2, but Verdasco closed out the shocker a game later with a return winner.

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