Rafael Nadal’s stuttering season continued as he was stunned 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) by Italy’s Fabio Fognini at the Barcelona Open on Thursday.

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Nadal, an eight-time champion in Barcelona, had won four of the previous five meetings between the two, but also lost to Fognini on clay earlier this season in Rio de Janeiro.

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However, despite saving three match points in the second set tie-break, a forehand error gifted the Italian a shock place in the quarter-finals.

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