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Cincinnati Open 2022: Borna Coric Spoils Rafael Nadal Return From Injury Lay-Off Ahead Of US Open

Rafael Nadal was in action for the first time since his pull out from Wimbledon semifinal against Nick Kyrgios earlier this year due to a abdominal injury.

Rafael Nadal waves to the crowd after his Cincinnati Open 2022 loss.
Rafael Nadal waves to the crowd after his Cincinnati Open 2022 loss. Twitter (@CincyTennis)

Borna Coric spoiled Rafael Nadal's return from a six-week layoff, beating the Spanish star 7-6 (9), 4-6, 6-3 in the Cincinnati Open 2022. The 22-time Grand Slam winner, Nadal hadn’t played since his withdrawal from Wimbledon semifinals last month against Nick Kyrgios. (More Tennis News)

He was hoping to start putting the final touches on prepping for the upcoming US Open. The second-seeded and third-ranked Nadal, 36, showed no signs of the injury that mostly plagued his serve. He reached 121 mph with one serve and needed several awkward body movements to return to Coric.

The match lasted 2 hours, 51 minutes, not including a rain delay of 1 hour, 25 minutes in the first set. Earlier in women's play, US Open champion Emma Raducanu routed Victoria Azarenka 6-0, 6-2. The 19-year-old Raducanu won the final seven games against Serena Williams on Tuesday and the first 10 against Azarenka. Seeded 13th, Raducanu set up a match against No. 8 Jessica Pegula.

“I try not to think about the score,” Raducanu said. “I just try to focus on collecting points. I'm always concerned when things are going well. I always feel like something could go wrong.” Sixth-ranked Simona Halep withdrew because of a right thigh injury before facing Veronica Kudermetova.

Halep won last week in Toronto. In an all-English men's second-round match, 11th-ranked Cameron Norrie outlasted three-time Grand Slam-champion Andy Murray 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Also, Taylor Fritz beat Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-2, and 19-year-old wild-card Ben Shelton upset fifth-ranked Casper Ruud. Shelton is the youngest American to defeat a top-five opponent since Andy Roddick beat No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten in 2001.

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