Early exit for Nadal from Cincinnati; Spain’s Rafael Nadal came out at barrier one of the American Cincinnati Masters in tennis by falling to Croatia’s Borna Coric 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, and 3-6.
Nadal appeared to return to action after a six-week absence from his injury to Kyrgios in the English Wimbledon semi-final for a lower abdominal muscle injury, far from his form.
Nadal, who was making his first appearance in Cincinnati after an absence from the session over the last five years, did not send positive signals 12 days before the Flushing Meadows.
The Spanish Matador had warned days before the Cincinnati session that he needed time to regain full fitness and had admitted that after the loss, “I have to improve my level, I have to train, I need a few days.”
He added: “It is challenging to come up with many positives from this match. It’s the truth. I got two chances during the playoff, but I played in the wrong way. Then I had a bad third group, that’s all. ”
“If I had won the first game (after his absence), things would have improved, but that didn’t happen. Obviously, I’m not ready “.
“Most important for me to be in good health. Honestly, it’s a hard injury to deal with. ruptured abdominal muscles. No one knows when to cure them permanently “.