In Cincinnati, Rafael Nadal could have exploited a difficult but not impossible scenario. Take advantage of a hypothetical defeat in the round of 16 by Daniil Medvedev and win the tournament to return to the top of the ranking.
Understandably, after retiring in the semifinal at WImbledon and the forfeit from last week's '1000' in Montreal, the very Spanish champion beats in the first round against Borna Coric on his debut. Still many things to file at the gates of the US Open.
He said: "Obviously it wasn't my best match, but I think it can happen since I haven't played an official match for a while and that historically I have never done too well in this tournament. I can't help but congratulate Borna Coric who played an incredible game.
I lost a handful of chances to win the tie break in the first set and I didn't take advantage of a 0-30 situation on his serve at the beginning of the third set. This is tennis, when you face players who serve very well and who play at a very high level it is difficult to win if you do not take advantage of the possibilities available.
However, I am happy that Borna has returned to his best after all the injuries. Today he was simply better than me. Let's say that it is difficult to draw anything positive from a defeat like this. Clearly I still have to improve from many points of view, I will have to train a lot.
The ideal when you come back from an injury is to win the first game to find the automatisms, but I didn't succeed. You know, the priority for me is to feel good physically. The last month and a half has not been easy and this obviously affects my confidence, I was too conservative in the important moments and I made a lot of mistakes." Nadal, forced to give up the semifinal with Kyrgios at Wimbledon and to skip the first match of the championship as a precaution.
North American stage due to an adductor problem, he obviously spoke about the situation. "It is a very complicated injury to manage because you never know 100% when you have really overcome it. It is not easy to analyze how I am doing this because the line is very thin." Despite everything, the defeat has not affected in any way the Nadal's ambitions.
Ready to make up for Flushing Meadows. "He will have to activate the '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 the best in New York, here I was able to train in a certain way, in the next two weeks the level intensity will be completely different. The next few days, however, will be very important for me."