Rafael Nadal won’t be thinking about tennis on Sunday night! The 22-time Major winner will support his country in the Eurobasket final against France as Spain chase their fourth title in the last six Eurobasket tournaments!
Rafa is back on the practice court after losing the fourth round of the US Open and hoping to compete at the Laver Cup next weekend. Nadal and his wife are expecting their first child but he still wants to compete for the rest of the season and fight for the year-end No. 1 with Carlos Alcaraz.
1 position. Nadal suffered a stomach injury at Wimbledon and only played one match before the US Open. It wasn’t enough to build his form or remain competitive in the ATP throne hunt. Rafa led the live ATP rankings past him ahead of Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud, preventing him from becoming world No. 1.
1 at 36. The Spaniard failed to advance to his 17th consecutive Major quarterfinal after losing to Frances Tiafoe in four sets in the fourth round. Rafa has won two Major titles this season and finished second in the ATP race behind his young compatriot.
Nadal suffered an abdominal injury at Wimbledon and withdrew ahead of the semifinals. He came to New York out of form and failed to achieve a notable result and become world No. 1. 1 at 36!
Rafael Nadal will support Spain in the Eurobasket final.
Nadal started his 16th US Open with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 triumph over world No. 1.
198 Rinky Hijikata. The youngster delivered his only break in the first set for a surprising lead. The veteran shifted into higher gear from the second set and advanced with five returns on his tally. Nadal struggled to find the rhythm behind the initial shot and didn’t play well in the opening 70 minutes against Fabio Fognini in the second round.
The Italian opened a 6-2, 4-2 lead before the Spaniard took control, winning 16 of the last 19 games in a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 triumph! Rafa had no trouble against Richard Gasquet, beating the Frenchman for the 18th time in as many encounters after a 6-0, 6-1, 7-5 win.
Rafa was seeking his 17th consecutive Major quarterfinal, meeting Frances Tiafoe at Arthur Ashe Stadium. An inspired Tiafoe claimed his first victory over Nadal in front of his fans. He delivered a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 triumph in three hours and 34 minutes for a place in the last eight.
Nadal lost the first set with a single break and played well in the second to win a return leg and level the points total. The American secured a break at 3-3 in the decider, holding with an ace in game ten to close it and get closer to the finish line.
Nadal remained competitive and broke to make it 2-1 in the fourth set to increase his chances. Instead of building on that, Rafa played three straight loose service games, allowing Frances to go five straight games and move over the top in style.