Rafael Nadal already looking forward to Flushing Meadows after shock Cincinnati exit

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Nadal,
who
withdrew
from
his
semi-final
tie
with
Nick
Kyrgios
at
Wimbledon
due
to
injury,
returned
to
action
in
Cincinnati
but
lost
7-6
(11-9)
4-6
6-3
on
Wednesday
(August
17).

The
36-year-old
has
won
four
titles
this
year,
but
conceded
he
was
nowhere
near
his
desired
level
against
Coric,
who
himself
has
only
just
returned
from
an
injury
enforced
lay-off.

Yet
Nadal
is
already
switching
focus
to
the
US
Open,
a
title
he
has
won
four
times
previously,
most
recently
in
2019.

“You
lose,
you
move
forward.
I
know
the
way,”
he
said
in
a
press
conference.

“The
main
thing
for
me
is
to
stay
healthy.
It
has
been
a
difficult
injury
to
manage,
to
be
honest.
The
last
month
and
a
half
hasn’t
been
easy,
because
having
a
tear
on
the
abdominal,
you
don’t
know
when
[you
are]
100
per
cent
over
the
thing,
so
that
affects
a
little
bit
in
terms
of
not
[being]
sure
if
you
are
able
to
try
your
best
in
every
serve.

“I
need
to
move
forward
and
just
start
to
think
about
the
energy
that
the
crowd
gives
me
in
New
York.

“I
know
it’s
a
very
special
place
for
me,
and
I
enjoy
it.
[I’ve
had]
unforgettable
moments
there,
and
I’m
going
to
try
my
very
best
every
single
day
to
be
ready
for
that.”

Of
his
performance,
Nadal
said:
“Obviously
I
didn’t
play
my
best
match.
[It
is]
something
that
can
happen.
Historically
this
tournament
has
been
difficult
for
me.

“So
coming
back
from
a
tough
period
of
time,
[it
is]
something
that’s
easy
to
accept
and
easy
to
say
congrats
to
Borna,
that
he
played
better.

“It’s
difficult
to
take
a
lot
of
positive
things,
but
I
need
to
improve.
I
need
days
[on
the
court],
and
that’s
the
truth.”

Nadal
could
have
become
the
world
number
one
heading
into
the
US
Open,
had
he
won
the
Western
&
Southern
Open
and
Daniil
Medvedev
had
failed
to
make
the
quarter-finals.

Coric,
meanwhile,
will
face
Roberto
Bautista
Agut
in
the
third
round
in
Cincinnati.

“It
has
been
very,
very
special,”
Coric
said.
“I
was
out
for
the
last
two
years
and
I
didn’t
play
on
the
big
stage
in
front
of
the
crowd
and
everybody.

“I
was
honestly
just
looking
forward
to
playing
this
match
as
I
haven’t
had
that
in
the
last
two
years.
Now
that
I
won,
it’s
kind
of
crazy.”

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