Borna Coric said that beating Rafael Nadal was the key to his triumph in Cincinnati and added that he was happy with the way he reacted after achieving such an important victory. After beating Lorenzo Musetti in his first match in Cincinnati, Coric cruised to an impressive 7-6(9), 4-6, 6-3 victory over 22-time Grand Slam champion Nadal.
Coric went all the way in Cincinnati by also defeating Roberto Bautista Agut, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Cameron Norrie and Stefanos Tsitsipas. «Beating Nadal was decisive, I realized that it was the right time to show what he had learned in recent years.
Winning a player like that can loosen you up, but I knew how to approach the next match,» Coric said, according to We Are Tennis. Nadal, who was forced to withdraw from his Wimbledon semi-final with an abdominal injury, returned to action. last week in Cincinnati.
It is clear that Nadal was not close to his best level in his first match, but he did not want to take anything away from Coric. After the match, Nadal admitted that Coric was the better player. «Obviously I didn’t play my best game, something that can happen,» Nadal told reporters.
«So, coming back from a difficult period, something that is easy to accept and easy to say, congratulations to Borna, who has played better. I need to improve. I need to practice. I need to come back better. I need days, and that’s it.» the truth.
It’s obvious that I wasn’t prepared enough to win today’s match. (It has) been a difficult injury to deal with. The last month and a half has not been easy.» Coric, who underwent shoulder surgery in May 2021, returned to action last March.
Nadal is seeded second in New York
«Feeling like I’m in control of the point, but it’s about adapting every day and against every opponent, and practicing with different types of opponents helps you to be ready,» Rafael Nadal said.
The Spaniard added that if he has a second practice on the same day, he looks to work on his goals for the next few days and the things he wants to improve on. «I’m not practicing today,» the 36-year-old said. «Normally when I go to afternoon practice, like yesterday, you have a plan, you have a goal for the next few days, things you want to improve on and you work on it.» Nadal is seeded second in New York.