For the first time since withdrawing from his Wimbledon semifinal match against Nick Kyrgios earlier this year due to an abdominal issue, Rafael Nadal competed.
Rafael Nadal's return from a six-week break was derailed by Borna Coric, who defeated the Spanish star in the Cincinnati Open 2022 by scores of 7-6 (9), 4-6, and 6-3. The 22-time Grand Slam champion Nadal had not competed since pulling out of his match against Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon semifinals last month.
He hoped to begin completing the preparations for the next US Open. The 36-year-old Nadal, who is seeded second and ranked third, displayed no symptoms of the ailment that primarily affected his serve. With one service, he reached 121 mph, and it took him many difficult body movements to return to Coric.
Without accounting for the 1 hour, 25-minute rain delay in the first set, the match lasted 2 hours, 51 minutes. Emma Raducanu, the US Open champion, defeated Victoria Azarenka earlier in the women's competition 6-0, 6-2. On Tuesday, the 19-year-old Raducanu defeated Serena Williams in the final seven games and Victoria Azarenka in the opening ten. Raducanu, seeded thirteenth, drew No. 8 Jessica Pegula in their encounter.
I make an effort not to consider the score, Raducanu added. I just try to concentrate on earning points. Even when things are going well, I'm always worried. I constantly worry that something may go wrong. Before playing Veronica Kudermetova, sixth-ranked Simona Halep withdrew due to a right thigh injury.