Lucas Pouille of France celebrates after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain.
Lucas Pouille of France celebrates after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain. JASON SZENES

Nadal shocked in US Open last 16

FRANCE will have three men into the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time after Lucas Pouille upset two-time US Open champion Rafael Nadal in a five-set thriller in New York.

Pouille, who had never won a match at Flushing Meadows before this year, held on in a last-16 clash lasting more than four hours to defeat the Spanish 14-time major winner 6-1 2-6 6-4 3-6 7-6.

He will join countrymen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils in the last eight and plays Monfils.

Tenth seed Gael Monfils had a straight-sets win over Marcos Baghdatis.

He took out the match 6-3 6-2 6-3 and was delighted with how he played against his Cypriot mate.

"He's a good friend, I know him for a long time,” the 30-year-old said.

"We had many battles in juniors and we have many also on the senior tour.

"I had to be very consistent with my serve because he's a pretty good returner.

"I was very fast on the baseline, so I guess everything was fine today.”

Tsonga was made to work for his pass to the final eight, but emerged victorious over American Jack Sock in a 6-3 6-3 6-7 6-2 win.

Madison Keys lost out to a resurgent Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 6-4, who set up a last-eight clash with Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, who was a 6-4 7-5 winner over Britain's Johanna Konta.

Italian seventh seed Roberta Vinci was first through to the quarter-finals, defeating Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko 7-6 6-2.

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