Nadal collapsed in the aftermath of the injury… Lost to Tiapo in the round of 16 at the US Open

Rafael Nadal walks the court with a serious expression during the men’s singles round of 16 match at the 2022 U.S. Open 2022 against Frances Tiapo at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, USA on the 6th. New York = Shinhwa Yonhap News

Rafael Nadal (36, Spain, 3rd in the world rankings) was selected as the most likely candidate for the 2022 US Open men’s singles, which started on the 29th of last month. Not only is he the only player in the ‘Big 3’ that dominated men’s tennis in the 21st century, but that’s because he hasn’t lost a single major tournament this season. He won the Australian Open and French Open with perfect performance, and in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, he defeated Taylor Fritz in the match against an injury and advanced to the quarterfinals. Unfortunately, a ruptured abdominal muscle injury worsened and he withdrew from the quarterfinals. Still, he didn’t lose the game, so fans could only expect Nadal’s victory streak at the US Open.

However, Nadal, who entered the tournament with high expectations, eventually collapsed. On the 6th, at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, USA, in the fourth round of the men’s singles on the 8th day of the tournament, Frances Tiapo (24, USA, 26th) scored 1-3 (4-6 6-4 4-6 3-6). lost. From the beginning of the game, in the midst of sluggish performance, they gave up two sets until the third set and were on the brink of defeat. In the fourth set, he took a break to lead the Tiapo subgame by 15-40 in a game score of 3-2. He then gave up his sub game to Tiapo and eventually lost.

It was decisive that Nadal, who is famous for his sharp serve, was greatly pushed out of the serve. In the aftermath of a ruptured abdominal muscle, the newly changed sub technique did not work, and he was greatly pushed 9-18 in the sub ace and also committed 9 double faults. In strokes, he made a lot of mistakes, not like Nadal. In the end, Nadal, who has 23 major wins, the most in men’s singles history, failed to increase his record to 24.

Nadal, who was in the best condition until the French Open in June of this year, returned to the Cincinnati Masters last month just before the US Open after taking a long hiatus for treatment after an injury at Wimbledon. She also had concerns about her performance at her US Open in the first round when she lost to Bornazzo Ric in the first round, and eventually that day she lost to Tiapo, which made her concerns a reality.

However, Nadal showed a detached appearance in defeat. In an interview after the game, when asked about the impact of the injury gap, he said, “Of course, I wasn’t well prepared. But, that can’t be an excuse,” he said. “I just faced a better player than me today.”

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