Rafael Nadals tuneup for the U.S. Open didnt go as planned.
Nadal lost his opening match at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio, falling to Croatias Borna Coric 76 (9), 46, 63 on Wednesday in second-round action.
Nadal, the reigning French Open champion, received a first-round bye because the tournaments second seed. The Spaniard was the 2013 champion in the Cincinnati-area event. He was playing his first match since he was forced to withdraw from Wimbledon prior to the semifinals because of an abdominal tear.
Neither player broke serve in the opening set, and Nadal had the initial two set points in the tiebreaker. Coric saved both of these, then converted his third set point.
Nadal broke serve for a 43 lead in the next set and subsequently leveled the match. The 3rd set also featured just one single break, when Coric went in the front 42.
Earlier Wednesday, Americans Ben Shelton and John Isner placed on a show for the house crowd because they both pulled off upset wins.
Playing on a wild-card entry, Shelton toppled fifth-seeded Casper Rudd of Norway 63, 63. Shelton, the reigning NCAA singles champion out of Florida, won 22 of 26 (84.6 percent) of his first-serve points while winning all nine of his service games.
At only 19 yrs . old, Shelton is in his ATP Masters 1000 debut at the Cincinnati-area event. Although hes looked comfortable around this aspect, hes still getting adjusted to playing contrary to the best that the tour provides.
I believe youve surely got to fake it till you ensure it is, right? Shelton said. If Im not feeling completely comfortable in the beginning, Im likely to do my far better show that I’m until I find myself in a location where I’m settled in.
Im finding it a less strenuous time the more Im in these circumstances, getting my heartrate down and feeling more calm on the court.
Isner found a 76 (5), 67 (5), 62 victory over No. 8 seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland. The second-round match needed to be paused, though, whenever a ball boy fainted on the court, prompting both Isner and Hurkacz to provide assistance.
From what I hear, a child will be OK and hopefully hes benefiting from fluids and in the air-con at this time resting up, Isner said.
No. 11 seed Taylor Fritz of america was also successful, beating Australian Nick Kyrgios 63, 62.
However, not every American prevailed within their second-round contest, as Tommy Paul fell to Canadas Dennis Shapovalov 36, 64, 63, and qualifier Marcus Giron was on the losing end of a 63, 63 result with 15th-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.
Apart from Rudd and Hurkacz, other seeded competitors took care of business.
Fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece bested Serbian Filip Krajinovic, Russian sixth seed Andrey Rublev edged lucky loser Fabio Fognini of Italy, No. 7 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada beat Australias Alex de Minaur and 10th-seeded Italian Jannik Sinner edged Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic after he retired in the next set.
In other action, No. 9 seed Cameron Norrie of THE UK battled back again to edge fellow countryman Andy Murray 36, 63, 64.
The ultimate match of the night time was an all-U.S. encounter that Sebastian Korda won 46, 61, 64 over Frances Tiafoe.