Borna Coric spoils Rafael Nadal’s return from 6-week layoff with 3-set win at Western & Southern Open

In a new piece of news, Borna Couric spoiled Rafael Nadal’s return from a six-week layoff as he beat the Spanish star 7-6 (9) 4-6 6-3 at the Western and Southern Opens on Wednesday night.

The winner of the Grand Slam Championship had not played since 6 July when a tear in his stomach forced him to withdraw from the semi-final match against Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon in anticipation of the upcoming.

Nadal: It’s sad not to play here after going to New York for a week and a half, I need to get into Grand Slam mode.

He reached 121 mph and some of Couric’s shots required several awkward body movements. The match lasted 2 hours and 51 minutes except for a delay of 1 hour 25 minutes in the first set and beat him 6-4.

Taylor Fritz defeated Kyrgios 6-3, 6-2 and 19-year-old wild card player Ben Shelton defeated fifth-ranked American Casper Roode.

Sebastian Korda defeated Frances Tiafoe 4–6, 6–1, 6–4 to reach the third round in Cincinnati for the first time and is one of four American men to advance to the tournament, and since 2003 he has won the first round of the tournament. The next rivals, Fritz, were joined by Shelton and John Isner.

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