Rafael Nadal’s preparations for the U.S. Open were severely hampered by his defeat to Borna Coric on Wednesday at the Cincinnati Open.
This was the Spaniard’s first encounter following his withdrawal from the Wimbledon semi-finals due to injury.
After recovering from an abdominal injury, the 22-time Grand Slam winner had hoped to play in as many matches as possible, but after losing to the Croat, he will arrive at Flushing Meadows with very little competitive experience.
In an all-British match, Taylor Fritz outplayed Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-2, while Cameron Norrie rallied to defeat former world number one Andy Murray 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
After a lengthy layoff from the Tour due to shoulder surgery, Coric returned in March. After each player had saved two set points, the match was delayed for an hour due to rain.
The 36-year-old roared back into the match by breaking former world number 12 Coric’s service halfway through the second set to force a decider with the crowd solidly behind him.