Rafael Nadal plays down US Open concerns despite defeat in Cincinnati

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Rafael Nadal has performed down considerations forward of the approaching US Open in spite of defeat on the Cincinnati Open on Wednesday.

The Spaniard misplaced 7-6(9) 4-6 6-3 to Borna Coric on his go back from a six-week damage layoff.

Nadal, who will goal for a record-extending twenty third grand slam identify at Flushing Meadows, had now not performed a aggressive fit since pulling out of his Wimbledon semi-final towards Nick Kyrgios because of an stomach damage in early July.

The 36-year-old additionally withdrew from remaining week’s ATP Masters tournament in Montreal because of the problem however didn't appear hampered through it towards former global quantity 12 Coric, and as a substitute put his defeat right down to a loss of time on courtroom.

“Clearly I didn’t play my best possible fit, one thing that may occur,” Nadal mentioned. “So getting back from a tricky time frame, one thing that’s simple to just accept and simple to mention congrats to Borna that he performed higher.

“I want to fortify. I want to practise. I want to go back higher. I would like days, and that’s the reality. It’s glaring that I used to be now not able sufficient to win the fit nowadays.

“(It) has been a troublesome damage to control. The remaining month and a part haven’t been simple.”

New York has been a cheerful searching floor for Nadal, who has gained the identify 4 instances, the remaining coming in 2019.

He's going to go through assessments to verify the whole lot is okay with the damage, which he mentioned nonetheless created doubt in his thoughts all over his carrier movement.

“I'm sure,” he added. “On the subject of observe, I want to begin to be in a grand slam mode, working towards the best way that I want to practise to be aggressive because the starting there, and I am hoping I will make that occur.

“I want to transfer ahead and simply begin to take into accounts the power that the group offers me in New York. I comprehend it’s an excessively particular position for me, and I experience it, unforgettable moments there, and I’m going to take a look at my highest each unmarried day to be able for that.”

The USA Open begins on 29 August.