Barbara Schett: "Everyone at the US Open will want to beat Rafael Nadal"
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After an abdominal injury suffered at Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal returned to the court at the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati. The Spanish champion failed to pass the Borna Coric exam on his debut and left the last major tournament before the Us Open prematurely.
The Majorcan will then reach New York having played only one game on American hardcourt. An event that Nadal has shown he can transform into positive energy on more than one occasion. "Obviously it wasn't my best game, but I think it can happen since I haven't played an official game in a while.
US Open? I will have to activate Slam Mode as always. I will have to overcome this defeat and come out stronger. I know what there is to do to get to New York at best, here I have been able to train in a certain way, in the next two weeks the intensity level will be completely different.
The next few days will be very important for me anyway."
Barbara Schett on Rafael Nadal: "he will be ready for the US Open"
Barbara Schett, former Austrian player and current TV presenter, spoke about Nadal's chances of winning at Flushing Meadows to Eurosport.
She said: "It has been 42 days since the last game he played at Wimbledon against Taylor Fritz, before his retirement with an abdominal injury. I think Nadal consulted the doctors and decided to give himself a chance in Cincinnati.
Obviously, he didn't train much. He had his chances of him, but he looked quite rusty. He will surely feel better and better. If he does not suffer any abdominal damage, he would have another week and a half to improve. Nadal has shown many times in the past that he doesn't need many matches to play his best tennis.
He would have liked to win a few matches in Cincinnati, but the conditions are not ideal for him in that tournament. I think when the US Open starts, Nadal will be ready. He expresses his best level in Grand Slam tournaments, obviously he must be physically fit.
It is not easy to win a Grand Slam, he will be very hot in New York. Everyone will want to beat him. I think we will have clear ideas after his first match. Rafa always plays better, so it's easier to face him in the early rounds. We will have to wait and see what happens."