Rafael Nadal loses against Borna Ćorić in Cincinnati on return from injury
Rafael Nadal lost to Borna Ćorić at Cincinnati Masters on his return from injury, in a rematch of their 2017 US Open final and ATP World Tour Finals semi-final.
Nadal’s second-round match against the Bosnian qualifier was the first played without him at the event since he broke a wrist in a shock result (twice), against Roger Federer, in the French Open final in June.
After the match, Nadal’s coach Ivan Lendl said that he was disappointed his team was unable to beat Radek Stepanek, who had also been nursing an injury.
Nadal, who is in the middle of his peak clay season, will next play the French Open, along with Milos Raonic, who plays in Marseille.
Also on Friday, Roger Federer, the three-times US Open champion, was upset by Tomas Berdych in the third round of Wimbledon.
Federer, who will play his last tournament in Montreal, ended the year ranked No. 4.
The match began after a lengthy delay to allow the Australian Open winner to go off for treatment. In an unusual move, an ambulance was waiting behind Rod Laver Arena to transport Berdych, who was injured during warm-up, and his coach in to hospital after his first-round match was abandoned.
The Swiss teenager was taken to hospital following a scary fall as he tried to avoid a ball on a court before entering the court.
His coach said he had been injured when he stepped on a tennis ball and fell. “He was injured as a result of a small fall on his right leg,” coach Zlatko Zizic told reporters.
He was treated for his injuries at a nearby hospital and returned to Grand Slam action. Berdych also hit a three-set victory over Tommy Robredo in the third round.
Federer began the year 26th in the world, which means he is now 16th on the men’s list. He has won 16 titles on the tour and has had a great season. He will begin his Grand Slam campaign at Wimbledon, where he will be trying to reach the first Grand Slam since his 2002 US Open triumph.