Cincinnati Flashback: Rafael Nadal suffers heavy loss to Borna Coric


The 2015 season was one in every of Rafael Nadal’s worst when it comes to his efficiency at Majors, failing to win the title for the primary time since 2004. The Spaniard had some dependable ends in the season’s closing occasions, however that was not sufficient for greater than three titles, hoping for a greater run in 2016.

Scuffling with accidents, Rafa claimed titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona that 12 months. Nonetheless, he was nowhere close to his normal type, shedding the Roland Garros crown for the second straight 12 months and lacking Wimbledon because of an harm.

Returning on the Olympic Video games in Rio in August, the Spaniard earned the gold medal within the males’s doubles with Marc Lopez and used a positive draw to advance into the semi-final in singles. He suffered a heartbreaking loss to Juan Martin del Potro after over three hours and left Rio with out a singles medal following the third-place battle defeat to Kei Nishikori.

Shedding vitality, Nadal went to Cincinnati with out excessive hopes, beating Pablo Cuevas within the second spherical to set the conflict in opposition to the younger gun Borna Coric. An impressed Croat toppled the Spaniard 6-1, 6-3 in 72 minutes within the third spherical, turning into the primary U20 participant within the Masters 1000 quarter-final since Juan Martin del Potro in Paris 2008!

Rafael Nadal gained simply 4 video games in opposition to Borna Coric in Cincinnati 2016.

Not wanting good after already a few video games (he needed to obtain the medical timeout after the opener), Nadal suffered essentially the most brutal Masters 1000 loss since Paris 2007, barely hitting ten winners and spraying 30 errors.

Borna had misplaced the earlier ten matches in opposition to the rivals from the top-10 earlier than bettering his tally in opposition to Rafa following a strong efficiency from begin to end. Coric grabbed over half of the return factors, whereas Nadal misplaced 14 out of 16 factors after lacking the primary serve!

Making one mistake after one other, Rafa couldn’t problem the younger rival from the baseline, receiving therapy on his left arm and shoulder following the opening set that he misplaced in 27 minutes. Nadal began to crumble after a promising opening service sport, dropping ten straight video games and shedding the sting on each serve and return.

On the finish of Coric’s streak, Rafa had depressing 4 winners and 24 unforced errors, which we see solely as soon as in a few years in his encounters. Preventing till the tip, Nadal pulled one break again within the second set’s fifth sport, though it was not sufficient for a whole turnaround, as they each served properly within the remaining video games.

Serving for the victory at 5-3, Borna held after deuce with a backhand down the road winner to safe one in every of his profession’s most important triumphs and advance into the final eight.

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