ATP: Rafael Nadal has slowed since his debut in Cincinnati against Borna Coric


MASON, Ohio – Second-seeded at the Cincinnati tournament, Rafael Nadal was defeated 7-6 (9), 4-6, 6-3 by Croatian Borna Coric, ranked 152nd in the world.

Coric thus ruined Nadal’s return after a month and a half of absence, the result of an abdominal tear.

Coric led 12-6 for aces in a game in which Nadal committed seven double fouls.

There was only a break on both sides, but the Croatian beat the winner 38-22 against the winner of 22 major tournaments.

Something annoying for the Spaniard, Coric is 3-2 against him.

In the third round, Coric will face the fifteenth seeded Roberto Bautista Agut.

Hurkacz and Kyrgios stumble

Hubert Hurkacz, a recent finalist in Montreal, and Nick Kyrgios, who appeared physically on loan two weeks before the US Open, were stopped in the second round of the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati.

The 36-year-old Spaniard, 3rd in the world, will face Croatian Borna Coric (152nd).

He hasn’t played since July 6 and his hard-fought quarter-final at Wimbledon against Taylor Fritz. Two days later, the Australian Open and Roland-Garros winner saw his dream of a Grand Slam calendar collapse, losing to Kyrgios, prevented by an abdominal tear.

Fritz gets rid of Kyrgios easily

The Australian (28th), who took the opportunity to climb for the first time in his career in a Major tournament, certainly beaten in the final by Novak Djokovic, has not slowed down since, winning in Washington, there are two weeks left in which he put an end to three years of famine.

But the overflow of matches seems hard to digest. As in the Masters 1000 quarter-final defeat in Montreal to Hubert Hurkacz, Kyrgios dragged his carcass to Ohio against Taylor Fritz, his back and left knee still sore.

Quiet Tsitsipas

And when things go wrong, it shows in the 27-year-old Australian, who has shown signs of growing frustration from the start, complaining about the annoying flickering of lights on a billboard. Without finding a solution.

He lost 6-3, 6-2 without a fight, in just 51 minutes, against the solid American (13th), winner of Indian Wells in March, who did not ask for so much.

“It’s great how my game is combining. This is the kind of game I need to gain confidence. A lot of things were going well today, I felt good, “said Taylor Fritz, who will face Russian Andrey Rublev (8th).

Subsequently also the Polish Hubert Hurkacz (10th), finalist on Sunday in Montreal against Pablo Carreño, beaten 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (5/7), 6-2 by the American John Isner (50 °).

For his part, Stefanos Tsitsipas (7th) had no problems reaching the second round, rejecting Serbian Filip Krajinovic (46th) 6-3, 6-4.

Cameron Norrie, 11th in the world and finalist at the Los Cabos tournament two weeks ago, toppled 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Andy Murray (47th), who finished with cramps.

Murray frustrated with Norrie

Cameron Norrie, 11th in the world and finalist of the Los Cabos tournament two weeks ago, qualified for the round of 16 by overthrowing Andy Murray (47th) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The Brit will face Norway’s Casper Ruud (5th), semifinalist in Montreal last week, or American Ben Shelton (229th) who holds a pass.

Looking for a third title in 2022 after those collected at Delray Beach in Lyon, Norrie had to be patient to contain her compatriot, author of a very convincing start and rewarded with the victory of the first set.

After being released from the start in Washington and Montreal, Murray had already shown his best on Monday in Ohio, knocking out another Swiss returning Stan Wawrinka after a marathon match, 7-6 5-7 7-5.

But in the second set he broke at 4-3, lost immediately, and then another match began.

Murray, who at 35 continues his quest for a return to the highest level, which has led him to two finals this year in Sydney and Stuttgart, has had three chances to beat his opponent at 3-2, but has not concretized.

Suffering from cramps, the tournament winner in 2008 and 2011 physically marked the time and Norrie took the opportunity to take the serve at 4-4, before finishing her first match point in 2:38.

“Sometimes I felt like I had played very well, but sometimes not at all. My consistency was perhaps not the appointment as I would have liked. But sometimes there was good tennis ”, the Scotsman wanted positively who, at the age of 35, continues his search for a return to the highest levels.

Norrie will face the American Ben Shelton (229th) beneficiary of a wild card, which created the surprise of the day, eliminating the Norwegian Casper Ruud (5th) 6-3, 6-3.


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