Rafael Nadal lost to Borna Coric in the Cincinnati Masters, ending his hopes of overtaking Daniil Medvedev for the world number one rankings.
Rafael Nadal : Cincinnati Masters | Borna Coric
He is a Spanish professional tennis player and currently ranked world No. 3 in singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
|Full name||Rafael Nadal Parera|
|Residence||Manacor, Mallorca, Spain|
|Born||3 June 1986
Manacor, Mallorca, Spain
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
He has been ranked world No. 1 for 209 weeks, and has finished as the year-end No. 1 five times.
Nadal has won an all-time record 22 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, including a record 14 French Open titles.
He has won 92 ATP singles titles, including 36 Masters titles, with 63 of these on clay. Nadal is one of only two men to complete the Career Golden Slam in singles.
His 81 consecutive wins on clay is the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era.
Rafael Nadal’s disaster comeback match on Wednesday at the Cincinnati Masters leaves the Spaniard lagging in the chase for the top ATP ranking.
Nadal was ambushed 7-6 (11/9), 4-6, 6-3 in his second-round start by Croat Borna Coric, ending his hopes of overtaking Daniil Medvedev for the world number one rankings.
Top seed Medvedev, who plays on Thursday for a quarter-final spot against Denis Shapovalov, can tighten his grip on his current top position heading into the US Open.
Third-ranked Nadal was rocked by his loss after six weeks away as he healed an abdominal muscle injury that forced his withdrawal from a Wimbledon semi-final against Nick Kyrgios.
Now Nadal goes into the US Open, which begins on August 29 in New York, with only one summer hardcourt match.
“In terms of New York, it’s a Grand Slam, a different kind of tournament,” Nadal said.
Borna Coric spoiled Rafael Nadal’s return from a six-week layoff, beating the Spanish star 7-6 (9), 4-6, 6-3 in the Cincinnati Masters event.
The winner of a men’s record 22 Grand Slam championships, including two this year, hadn’t played since July 6 after an abdominal tear forced him to withdraw from a semifinal match against Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon.
He was hoping to start putting the final touches on prepping for the upcoming US Open.
The second-seeded and third-ranked Nadal, 36, showed no signs of the injury that mostly plagued his serve.
He reached 121 mph with one serve and needed several awkward body movements to return some of Coric’s shots.
The match lasted 2 hours, 51 minutes, not including a rain delay of 1 hour, 25 minutes in the first set.