'Rafael Nadal will need a huge effort to...', says top analyst

“Rafael Nadal will need a huge effort to…” says top analyst

Rafael Nadal has a strange fact at the ATP Masters 1000. Borna Coric has fulfilled a dream that only just escaped him four years ago. The Croatian tennis player won his first 1000 title in Cincinnati, beating Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets.

The win came at the second attempt of his career: his first dates back to 2018 when he was defeated by Novak Djokovic in the final of the Shanghai 1000 tournament. However, to achieve the conquest of the final act in the American city, the new world number 29 had to endure a long and arduous journey.

As he said himself during the awards ceremony, Coric thought he wouldn’t make it past the first round. However, it was his win over Lorenzo Musetti that started his winning streak in the tournament. The second obstacle seemed to be the most difficult as world number three Rafael Nadal awaited him.

For the Croatian tennis player, the unexpected victory against the Grand Slam champion was the prelude to the final victory of the tournament. However, this series of events does not only concern Coric, but has involved more tennis players this season.

It seems that beating Rafael Nadal in a 1000 tournament brings luck because whoever beats the Spaniard wins the 1000 tournament in which they met: this is the case of Taylor Fritz at Indian Wells, Carlos Alcaraz in Madrid and Borna Coric in Cincinnati.

Regarding the first case, luck was evident as the confrontation between the American and the Grand Slam champion took place in the final act of the first 1000 Stars tournament.

Rafa Nadal wants fifth title in NY

Tim Henman has picked his favorites for the US Open men’s title – and he believes Rafael Nadal could be there to win his third Major of 2022.

“There’s a whole bunch of people knocking on the door. Nadal could win his third Slam of the year. You can never write Rafa off. Maybe we did that last year when he was struggling with an injury, but look what he did in his comeback event at the Australian Open and then he won the French Open again.

It will take a huge effort but Nadal certainly has a chance to fight for another title, especially if Djokovic isn’t playing. I would also look out for (Carlos) Alcaraz and (Jannik) Sinner who played great tennis.

Capser Ruud also continues to impress me on all surfaces. There is a lot to choose from for men. He’s playing great,” said Henman of Kyrgios. “The success he’s had at Wimbledon has given him a taste of the big time and it seems he really enjoyed it.

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