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Rafael Nadal out of Rio Open

Rio de Janeiro: Multi-Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal suffered a surprise exit on his favourite clay court on Saturday as the Spanish tennis great lost to Pablo Cuevas 7-6(6), 6-7(3), 4-6 in the Rio Open men's singles semifinals in Rio de Janeiro.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Uruguayan Cuevas clinched his first victory over the top seed in three attempts on Saturday. Nadal, the 14-time Grand Slam winner, was also beaten in the semifinals in Buenos Aires a week ago, also on clay, reports Xinhua.

In the final, Cuevas will meet Argentine Guido Pella, who overcame Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-4. Thiem, 22, lifted the Buenos Aires title a week ago after he beat the 29-year-old Nadal in the semis.

For Nadal, who used to be nearly unbeatable on the surface, the clay court title total remains at 47.

Nick Kyrgios wins first ATP title

Marseille: Nick Kyrgios won his first ATP World Tour title yesterday as he upset fourth seed Marin Cilic 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) in the final of the Marseille Open. The 20-year-old Australian reached the final by defeating two top 10 players in Tomas Berdych and Richard Gasquet.

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