Rafael Nadal is eliminated and drops the crown
After 3 hours and 34 minutes, Raphael Nadal unexpected fall in the round of 16 U.S. Open against the American tennis player Frances Tiafoe by 4-6, 6-4, 4-6 and 3-6. The ‘Fiera’ says goodbye in the Arthur Ashe Stadium of the last Grand Slam of the year, and probably, of being number one in the world.
For the third time in this edition of the US Open, Nadal began to lose the first set, it had already happened in the first and second round against Rinjy Hijikata and Fabio Fognini, respectively. This is the second time in his entire career that he has lost the first set of a Grand Slam three times, the last time in Wimbledon 2014and in both cases it was deleted in the same instance.
Before the start of the second set, Nadal took eight minutes between the medical break and permission to go to the bathroom, put bandages on his wrists and change clothes. It was Rafa’s first sign of discomfort in the match, and the hosts used it to their advantage, despite the ‘Fiera’ responding with a 6-4 lead in the second round.
The Spanish tennis player suffered with his serve, because Tiafoe, world number 26, managed to break 5 of 8 opportunities. On the other hand, the quadruple champion of Rinse the meadows he barely earned 2 of the 6 possible break points. Desde la estadística ya se veía come una noche complicated para el tenista originating from Mallorca, ya que antes de este partido, tenía record de 0 victorias y 6 derrotas cuando pierde dos de los primeros tres sets en US Open, y al final, la estadística was maintained.
In this way, Rafael Nadal will surely lose the opportunity to be the number one in the worldsince if Carlos Alcaraz or Casper Ruud reached the final, one of them would take the place.
Not only was this the first time Tiafoe had won a set from Rafael Nadal, it was also the first time the American had beaten a member of the ‘Big 3’ integrated into Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Indeed, it is the second time that he will play in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slamand is the youngest American to do so at the US Open since Andy Roddick in 2006.
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