The successful march of the top-seeded players in the U.S. Open continued here Friday with contrasting degrees of drama.
But the big shocker of the night was Spain's Rafael Nadal losing at 1:30 in the morning to unheralded Fabio Fognini of Italy after taking a two-set lead. It marks the first time in 10 years that the 14-time Grand Slam champion has not won at least one major in a year.
The score was 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, as the 32nd-seeded Fognini, who came into the Open with a nine-match losing streak, played the match of his life on the Arthur Ashe Stadium Court.
The queen of drama, Serena Williams, who always seems to play with matches and seldom seems to get...