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Nadal loss at Cincinnati secures Medvedev’s No. 1 status

Rafael Nadal’s disaster comeback match on Wednesday at the Cincinnati Masters leaves the Spaniard lagging in the chase for the very best ATP ranking.

Nadal was ambushed 7-6 (11/9), 4-6, 6-3 in his second-round begin by Croat Borna Coric, ending his hopes of overtaking Daniil Medvedev for the planet number 1 rankings.

Top seed Medvedev, who plays on Thursday for a quarter-final spot against Denis Shapovalov, can tighten his grip on his current top position heading in to the US Open.

Third-ranked Nadal was rocked by his loss after six weeks away as he healed anabdominalmuscle injury that forced hiswithdrawal from the Wimbledonsemi-final against Nick Kyrgios.

Now Nadal switches into the united states Open, which begins on August 29 in NY, with only 1 summer hardcourt match.

“With regards to New York,it is a Grand Slam,another sort of tournament,” Nadal said.

“I was only in a position to play two sets before this match within the last 40 days.

“I understand that to get condition. I’ll need to (be) on the tour practicing with the people (other players).”

The 36-year-old Spaniard with 22 Grand Slam titles said he hopes to feed off fan energy at the united states Open, where Nadal won titles in 2010, 2013, 2017 and 2019.

“There’s a power the crowd gives me in NY. It is a very special place for me personally,” Nadal said.

“I’ve had unforgettablemoments there and I’ll try my absolute best every singleday to be equipped for that.”


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