Rafael Nadal suffers a shocking loss in US Open warm-up You lose you progress – Rafael Nadal’s warm-up for the U.S. Open did not go according to plan. Borna Coric, who is ranked 152nd on the ATP, defeated Nadal 7-6 (9), 4-6, 6-3 at the Western & Southern Open, delivering the record-holder of 22 Grand Slam titles a stunning loss. Since an abdominal rupture pulled him out of the Wimbledon quarterfinals in July, Rafael Nadal has not competed.
Coric had just lost to Marin Cillic in the first round of the ATP Masters 1000 Canada and to Alex Molcan in the quarterfinals of the Hamburg European Open.
The injury did not seem to have any lasting impact on Nadal. His serve touched 121 mph. He acknowledged that he must improve his serve returns before the last Grand Slam event of the year.
During his post-match news conference, he told reporters, according ATPTour.com, “Obviously I did not play my best match.” “It is something that may occur. This competition has always proven challenging for me. Therefore, it is simple to appreciate Borna’s improved performance after a difficult period and to offer him congratulations on his return.”
He said that he needs to train more and get over the defeat.
“You lose, you progress. I am familiar with the method. My first priority is to maintain my health. The injury has been tough to handle, to be honest. The previous month and a half have been difficult, since with an abdominal tear, you don’t know when you are 100 percent over the injury, which limits your ability to give your best effort in every serve.”
The U.S. Open began on August 29 and concludes on September 11. Nadal has won the event four times, most recently in 2019.
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