- ‘Never, ever write him off’ – Rafael Nadal can still be dangerous at US Open despite injury – Barbara Schett | Eurosport
Schett thought Nadal looked rusty against Coric but says he should not face criticism for his performance so soon after injury.
She said: “I think we just have to give Rafa Nadal a bit of a break. I think what’s really important for him now is to assess that injury he’s had, because he did feel it a little bit. He said during the match, we also saw that there was a very low first serve percentage of 55%. He also committed a lot of double faults. It wasn’t pain, what he was feeling, but he was feeling that scar.
“If everything is fine, because you don’t want to muck around with a stomach muscle injury, especially when you have a tear there. The important thing for him is just to get the green light from the doctors and then go from there. But Rafa Nadal at the moment, I think he lives in the moment. He goes one day at a time and then takes his decisions. One thing is for sure, when he’s on the court, he will always try everything. Against Borna, unfortunately for him, it wasn’t enough.”
Despite being 1.255 points behind Medvedev, Nadal can only add to his total in the last Grand Slam of the year because he was absent in the last edition due to an injury in his left foot. As for Medvedev, he can only subtract his score or stay the same.
Thus, if Nadal dominated in the US Open, Medvedev will no longer dominate the men’s tour after 16 weeks at the top.
Medvedev could leave Rafa 1,895 points behind if he wins the Cincinnati tournament. Not even that would help him maintain the first place in the rankings in the event the Spaniard wins the Grand Slam.
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“Yeah, he can use the time off to sort of reassess. What happened? There seem to be a lack of confidence. We were all looking at the serve and would that be impacted by this abdominal injury. That did not seem to be the case today, it really was just playing some tight big points. He’s going to New York, the player who ostensibly will be the number one seed. Djokovic would be the favorite, but Djokovic as of now is not in the draw and so Nadal has to be considered a favorite. This is not the tune up that he needed, but I do think an extra week off and sort of the best-of-five format, I think will help him.”
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