'I think will help Rafael Nadal', says top analyst

“I think that will help Rafael Nadal,” says top analyst

Since March he had won only three games in the main round. After being forced to take a break due to shoulder surgery, Borna Coric had struggled terribly to regain his confidence. Winning Rafael Nadal, also for the second time in Cincinnati after the first in 2016, could mean a “new life” for the Croatian, who had superbly beat Lorenzo Musetti in the first round.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Croatian tennis player managed to become the second active player to get a better result heads-up against the 23-time Slam champion. The other is of course Novak Djokovic, who has won 30 of the 59 total matches this season between 2006 and Roland Garros.

“I can’t say anything else, it’s special, very special. I had forgotten what it feels like after a win like this,” said the Croatian tennis player immediately after the win. After picking up a set point in the first set tie-break, thanks in part to the Spaniard’s contribution, Coric recovered a gap in the second set and most importantly, a 0-30 deficit in the first set of the third.

“I’ve been away for two years and I’ve never been on such an important stage in front of all these people. I just thought about doing my best and enjoying everything around me. Now that I’ve won it seems crazy for me,” he admitted.

In the round of 16, the Croatian tennis player meets Roberto Bautista Agut, who won 6:3 with a double. “I have to be even more aggressive than today because of the Rafa game [Nadal, ed] was very long and ended very late, and of course I won’t have much time to rest either.

It’s going to be a very tough game, I need to maintain that level to keep doing well.”

Rafa Nadal did not shine in Cincinnati

Sports journalist Jon Wertheim spoke about Rafael Nadal in an interview with the Tennis Channel.

“Yes, he can use the time-out to reconsider,” said Wertheim. “What happened? There seems to be a lack of confidence. We were all looking at serve and if that would be affected by that stomach injury. That didn’t seem to be the case today, there were really just a few close big points to play, ” he said.

“He goes to New York, the player who is said to be number one. Djokovic would be the favourite, but Djokovic is not in the draw at the moment and so Nadal has to be considered the favourite. This is not the mood.” that he needed, but I think an extra week off and some kind of best-of-five format will help him, but that wasn’t one of his best performances tonight,” he added.

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