Rafael Nadal, the No. 1 tennis player in the world, is making an early exit from the Cincinnati Masters tournament thanks to Marco Baghdatis.
Nadal was well below his best against an inspired Baghdatis, whose big serve was on full power - he blasted 18 aces while the Spaniard could manage just four.
The match turned decisively in favor of the Cypriot, who had lost all six previous meetings with Nadal when the Spaniard double-faulted at break point with the game at 4-4 in the third.
Baghdatis, who stands at No. 20 in the world, defeated Nadal 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, in the quarterfinals. He'll advance to face Roger Federer on Sunday.
Read more about the Cincinnati Masters at SB Nation's tennis blog, The Daily Forehand.