About to break a tradition: Rafael Nadal’s attitude that surprised in US Open preview
The return to the courts after a month of his last presentation at Wimbledon did not go as planned for Raphael Nadal, who was defeated in her Cincinnati Master 1000 debut in three sets by eventual contest champion Borna Coric. The lack of pace was evident despite the fact that he had an acceptable game in the general lines, which is why he stayed in the United States to train.
And it is that two weeks ago we were still throbbing what was going to be the US Open, which will start this Monday, although the Spanish tennis player will have to wait at least one more day for his presentation. Therefore, it is usual to see him at Flushing Meadows in full training, as happened this weekend, where Raphael Nadal He was about to forget a tradition that has accompanied him since his debut in the sport.
It is well known that world number three He never destroyed a racket in his career, not even in his childhood, which Roger Federer cannot boast about, let alone Novak Djokovic. Toni Nadal had taught the young Rafa that the racquet is a work tool and had warned him that if he had to break one, he would no longer be his coach.
Of course, this happened when the Manacorí was a child, but he never forgot the lesson, that’s why many were surprised when they saw he nearly hit the ground in training over the weekend after kicking the ball into the net. However, it was only for laughs and a momentary joke and he was even seen doing this move in some matches but was never able to pull it off.
I’m going back to New York
The last time that Raphael Nadal played in the US Open in 2019, when he was crowned champion after defeating Daniil Medvedev in a final that lasted five sets. By then, the main draw had been made easier than usual, as he hadn’t met any of his main rivals and his only match with a Top 10 was with the Russian, who was then the fifth seed in the series.
Now, the Muscovite is world number one and one of the main contenders for the title, although he is on the other side of the table so he could only meet the Spaniard in a possible final. As for Rafa, his debut will face the Australian Rinky Hijikata, a rival he has never faced and who has just won the ITF in the United States.
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