Rafael Nadal will not think about tennis on Sunday night! The 22-time Major winner will support his country in the Eurobasket final against France, as Spain chases the fourth title from the past six Eurobasket tournaments!
Rafa is back on the practice court following the US Open fourth-round loss, hoping to compete at the Laver Cup next weekend. Nadal and his wife expect the first child, but he still wants to compete in the rest of the season and battle with Carlos Alcaraz for the year-end no.
1 spot. Nadal experienced an abdominal injury at Wimbledon and played only one match before the US Open. It was not enough to build his form or remain competitive in the ATP throne chase. Rafa led the live ATP ranking before Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud past him and prevented him from becoming world no.
1 at 36. The Spaniard failed to reach his 17th consecutive Major quarter-final after falling to Frances Tiafoe in four sets in the fourth round. Rafa has won two Major titles this season, standing second in the ATP Race behind his young compatriot.
Nadal experienced an abdominal injury at Wimbledon and withdrew ahead of the semi-final. He came to New York with no form and failed to achieve a notable result and become world no. 1 at 36!
Rafael Nadal will support Spain in the Eurobasket final.
Nadal kicked off his 16th US Open with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 triumph over world no.
198 Rinky Hijikata. The youngster delivered his only break in the opener for a surprising lead. The veteran shifted into a higher gear from set number two and advanced with five return games on his tally. Struggling to find the rhythm behind the initial shot, Nadal did not play well in the opening 70 minutes against Fabio Fognini in the second round.
The Italian opened a 6-2, 4-2 advantage before the Spaniard took control and grabbed 16 of the last 19 games in a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 triumph! Rafa had no issues against Richard Gasquet, beating the Frenchman for the 18th time in as many encounters following a 6-0, 6-1, 7-5 win.
Seeking his 17th consecutive Major quarter-final, Rafa faced Frances Tiafoe at Arthur Ashe Stadium. An inspired Tiafoe earned 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 opener with a single break and played well in the second to grab one return game and level the overall score. The American secured a break at 3-3 in the third set and held with an ace in game ten to wrap it up and move closer to the finish line.
Nadal stayed competitive and grabbed a break at 2-1 in the fourth set to increase his chances. Instead of building on that, Rafa played three consecutive loose service games and allowed Frances to rattle off five straight games and move over the top in style.