|Rafael Nadal of Spain waves goodbye after his loss to Jurgen Melzer of Austria in the third round match of the Shanghai Masters ATP tennis tournament in Shanghai, China, Oct. 14, 2010. Nadal lost 1-2. (Xinhua/Fan Jun)
SHANGHAI, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- Top seed Rafael Nadal of Spain was beaten 1-6, 6-3, 3-6 by Jurgen Melzer from Austria at 2010 Shanghai Masters on Thursday.
It was Nadal's ninth defeat all-through the season, and also the first loss to the 29-year-old Austrian.
Melzer, who reached his career peak in this October, entered the stadium as the underdog, but he found himself 3-1 leading after breaking Nadal in the fourth game. Nadal couldn't figure out a right way to resist the powerful serves from the other side of the court, losing the first set 1-6.
The left-handed Spaniard got back him form in the second set, breaking to close out the second set 6-3.
Both players made their effort in the deciding set. Melzer maintained his high-level serves, and then stole Nadal's third service game to move up 4-2.
Nadal made the final struggle when he was down 2-5, saving three match points to change the score 3-5. However, Melzer's serves were too strong for Nadal to break. The 13th seed seized the fourth match point and ended the match 6-3.