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Youzhny shocks Nadal

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CHENNAI, INDIA— Rafael Nadal, fatigued from a nearly four-hour match the previous day, was routed by fourth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny 6-0, 6-1 yesterday in the final of the Chennai Open. The 19th-ranked Youzhny clinched the fourth title of his career by shocking No. 2 Nadal, who held his service just once.

The 57-minute contest turned out to be a letdown for Nadal, who needed three hours, 54 minutes to overcome fellow Spaniard Carlos Moya in what was the longest three-set match on the ATP Tour in 15 years.

“Maybe I was a bit tired after the long semifinal, but I lost the final because Mikhail played very well,” said Nadal.

“Rafa was not Rafa,” Youzhny said. “I did not win today, it was Rafa who lost. I did not expect it to be so easy. Iwas lucky as he just couldn’t move and couldn’t play.’’

Nadal took a medical time-out during the second set, but said he had no fitness problem. Associated Press

 ?? BABU/REUTERS ?? A tired Rafael Nadal, above, was no match for Mikhail Youzhny in Chennai.
BABU/REUTERS A tired Rafael Nadal, above, was no match for Mikhail Youzhny in Chennai.

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