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Nadal upset by 24th seed in 5 sets at U.S Open

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Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts against Lucas Pouille of France during his fourth round Men's Singles match on Day Seven of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Sunday in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – Lucas Pouille’s upset of Rafael Nadal helped put three men from France into the quarterfinals of the American Grand Slam tournament for the first time in 89 years.

The 24th-seeded Pouille joined No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 10 Gael Monfils with fourth-round victories Sunday. Pouille and Monfils will play each other for a berth in the semifinals.

The last time three Frenchmen reached the quarterfinals was back in 1927, when the event was known as the U.S. Championships. The trio that time was Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon and Rene Lacoste, all members of France’s famed “Four Musketeers” group of tennis stars in the 1920s and 1930s.

Lacoste — yes, he of the post-tennis clothing company — won the 1927 title.

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