Rafael Nadal suffers worst ranking loss since 2006!

Rafael Nadal suffers the worst ranking loss since 2006!

Rafael Nadal has played 1276 ATP matches since 2002. The Spaniard has turned 1063 ATP wins into 92 ATP titles, staying competitive for two decades and vying for the ATP throne at 36. Rafa has played 65 ATP matches against rivals from outside the top-150, managing those rivals efficiently since his earliest days on the Tour.

Nadal is 63-2 against opponents ranked below 150th and suffered his second defeat in Cincinnati last week. Nadal faced the first rival from outside the top-150 on his Major debut in 2003. Prior to Stockholm 2006, he had 17 consecutive wins against them.

The 20-year-old met serving giant Joachim Johansson and lost 6-4, 7-6 in an hour and 52 minutes. The Swede blew 17 aces and played better in crucial moments after fending off six out of seven break chances.

Rafa lost serve twice and fell 7-4 in the tie break of the second set to hit the exit door against the world no. 690!

Rafael Nadal is 63-2 against rivals from outside the top-150.

Nadal had won the following 46 encounters against rivals from outside the top-150 by a mark of 63-1!

Last week Nadal lost to world No. 1. 152 Borna Coric in the Round of 16 in Cincinnati for his highest loss in 16 years! Borna prevailed 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and 51 minutes. Coric played at a high level all week and was given a boost by this win that took him to the first Masters 1000 crown.

The Spaniard missed his opening set chances, suffering a break in the decider to hit the exit door and suffer his earliest defeat in almost six years! There were only three break chances in the entire encounter and the rivals clinched a return leg in sets two and three.

Borna missed the only break chance in the first set with 3:3, and the set went into a tie-break after a rain delay. Rafa came back from a 4-2 deficit to take three points in a row. He earned the first set point at 6-5 but failed to convert it on serve.

Borna saved the second at 6-7 and created his first at 8-7. Nadal saved it with a forced error and denied the second to secure the result at 9-9. Rafa hit an expensive double fault at 9-10 to lose the first set after an hour and 14 minutes!

The Spaniard served well in the second set and got a break after Coric’s loose forehand to make it 3:3. Nadal went 5-3 up with a winner at net and closed the set with another at 5-4 to force a decider. Both players served under 50% in the final set and still dropped just 11 points in service games.

Coric produced five comfortable holds and kept the pressure on the other side. The Croatian forced Nadal’s forehand error at 3: 2 to two break chances. Rafa played a loose forehand to get broken and go behind 4-2. Borna served for the game nine win, holding with a forehand crosscourt to seal the deal and celebrate a remarkable triumph.

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