'I still don’t know how Rafael Nadal can...', says top analyst

“I still don’t know how Rafael Nadal…” says top analyst

Spanish tennis will once again have significant representation from next Monday, August 29, when the US Open begins, thanks to the twelve players who will start in the main draw. Among all, the figure of the four-time champion of the last Grand Slam of the season, Rafael Nadal, stands out.

He will start runners-up and lead the bottom field in New York and his debut comes on Tuesday at Flushing Meadows against Australia’s Rinky Hijikata. The third favorite, Carlos Alcaraz, also makes his debut on Tuesday at the Arthur Ashe Stadium against Argentinian Sebastián Báez.

It’s the second time they’ve met on court, after last year’s Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finals, where the Murcian won. The first match will not be easy for Pablo Carreno Busta, number 12. On the other side of the net, Dominic Thiem awaits him, a player who already knows what it’s like to lift the champion’s crown at the US Open.

That was exactly the last title he won in his career. The ATP Head2Head is clearly in favor of the Austrians 7:0. For his part, Roberto Bautista Agut closes the chapter of the series heads. In this case, No. 16. The man from Castellón, who has two ATP Tour trophies (Doha and Kitzbühel) in his showcase this season, will confirm his participation against local J.

J. Wolf, a rival against whom he dominates the head-to-head race 1-0. They met at the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells that year. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who advanced to the second week of the US Open in 2020, meets the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka on his first date this edition, while Pablo Andújar, who shares his best result in New York in the round of 16, will against the Argentine Tomás Martín Etcheverry will do.

Alex Corretja on Rafa Nadal

Former ATP Tour pro Alex Corretja believes Rafael can find Nadal on championship form next week in Flushing Meadows. “I don’t think we should worry, of course it would have been great for him to play maybe three games before the US Open.

And that would have been enough. But he could do that early in the tournament with some of the games he will play. Last week he lost to Coric but it was okay; when you finish the tournament and see that the guy you lost to wins the tournament.

I think it was probably one of the toughest seasons of his career where he came from and for the things he had early in the season and also mid season. He, who comes from Indian Wells, also felt this danger and then missed some of the clay court tournaments.

Then when he comes back he has a foot problem and then he goes to Roland-Garros and then suddenly he won, so again I’m so impressed with what Rafa is doing.”

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.