Cincinnati Flashback: Rafael Nadal experiences massive loss

Rafael Nadal suffers massive loss

The 2015 season was one of Rafael Nadal’s worst in terms of his performance in the Majors, failing to win the title for the first time since 2004. The Spaniard had some reliable results in the season’s closing events but that wasn’t enough for more than three titles.

Struggling with injuries and a lack of form, Rafa clinched titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona in spring 2016. However, he was far from at his usual level, losing the Roland Garros crown for the second straight year and missing Wimbledon through injury.

The Spaniard, who returned at the Rio Olympics in August, won the gold medal in men’s doubles with Marc Lopez and used a favorable draw to advance to the semifinals in singles. After over three hours, Rafa suffered a heartbreaking loss to Juan Martin del Potro.

After losing for third place to Kei Nishikori, he left Rio without an individual medal. Nadal lost energy and went to Cincinnati without high hopes. He defeated Pablo Cuevas and prevailed against young wild one Borna Coric in the third round.

An inspired Croatian defeated the Spaniard 6-1, 6-3 in 72 minutes to become the first Under-20 player to reach the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 since Juan Martin del Potro in Paris 2008!

Rafael Nadal won just four games against Borna Coric in Cincinnati in 2016.

Nadal didn’t look good from the start and was given a medical time-out in the opening set.

He failed to raise his level and suffered the most brutal Masters 1000 loss since Paris 2007 after hitting ten winners and 30 errors! Borna had lost the last ten games to their top-10 rivals before improving his tally against Rafa after a solid performance throughout the clash.

Coric grabbed over half of the return points while Nadal lost 14 points from 16 after missing the first serve! Rafa made mistake after mistake and failed to challenge the young rival from the baseline. He received treatment on his left arm and shoulder after the opening set, which he lost in 27 minutes.

Nadal began to crumble after a promising opening game, losing ten straight games and losing the advantage on serve and return! At the end of Coric’s streak, Rafa had a miserable four winners and 24 unforced errors that we only see in his encounters every few years.

Nadal fought to the end, pulling a break back in game five of set number two. However, it was not enough for a complete turnaround. Borna, who served 5-3 to win, held after Deuce with a backhand down the line to secure one of the most significant triumphs of his career and advance to the last eight.

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