Rafael Nadal Suffers Worst Ranking Loss Since 2006!

Rafael Nadal Suffers Worst Ranking Loss Since 2006!

Rafael Nadal has played 1,276 ATP matches since 2002. The Spaniard has converted 1,063 ATP wins into 92 ATP titles, stayed competitive for two decades and battled for the ATP throne at 36 years old. Rafa has played 65 ATP matches against opponents outside the top-150, managing those rivals efficiently since his early days on Tour.

Nadal is 63-2 against opponents ranked below 150th, suffering the second loss last week in Cincinnati. Nadal faced the first opponent outside the top 150 during his Major debut in 2003. He had 17 straight wins against them before Stockholm 2006.

The 20-year-old met the giant serving Joachim Johansson and experienced a 6-4, 7-6 loss in an hour and 52 minutes. The Swede fired 17 aces and played better in the crucial moments after fending off six of seven break chances.

Rafa lost serve twice and fell 7-4 in the second set tie break to hit the exit gate against world no. 690!

Rafael Nadal is 63-2 against opponents outside the top-150.

Nadal had won the next 46 meetings against opponents outside the top 150 for a 63-1 mark!

Last week, Nadal lost to world no. 152 Borna Coric in the second round in Cincinnati for his worst loss in terms of rankings in 16 years. Borna prevailed 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and 51 minutes. Coric played at a high level throughout the week and got a boost from this win that propelled him towards his first Masters 1000 crown.

The Spaniard missed his chances in the opener and suffered a break in the decider to hit the starting gate and experience his first loss in nearly six years! There were only three break chances in the entire encounter, with rivals taking a return game in sets two and three.

Borna missed the only break chance in the opener at 3-3, and the set went to a tie break after a rain delay. Rafa came back from 4-2 down and scored three points in a row. He earned the first set point at 6-5, but couldn’t convert it on serve.

Borna saved the second at 6-7 and created the first at 8-7. Nadal saved it with a forced error and denied the second to close the result at 9-9. Rafa hit a costly double fault at 9-10 to miss out on the opening goal after one hour and 14 minutes!

The Spaniard served well in the second set and grabbed a break at 3-3 after a loose forehand from Coric. Nadal went up 5-3 with a winner at the net and closed out the set with another 5-4 to force a decider. Both players served below 50% in the final set and still dropped just 11 points in service games.

Coric produced five comfortable holds and kept the pressure on the other side. The Croatian forced Nadal’s forehand error at 3-2 for two break chances. Rafa played a loose forehand to break and fall 4-2 behind. Borna served out the win in game nine and hung in with a forehand crosscourt to seal the deal and celebrate a remarkable win.

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