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‘Rafael Nadal only needs a few matches in New York’, says former ace

Rafael Nadal had only one game on hardcourt before the US Open.

Rafael Nadal had only one game on hardcourt before the US Open, losing in three sets to Borna Coric in the Cincinnati Masters 1000. The Spanish champion, fresh from an abdominal injury suffered at Wimbledon, missed the Canadian Open as a precaution and did not shine in Ohio.

For this reason, the former world number 1 arrived in New York well in advance and started training very intensively. Given the absence of Novak Djokovic, the 36-year-old from Manacor will try in every way to win his fifth title in the Big Apple.

In case of triumph, Rafa would raise himself to 23 Grand Slams, further extending over Djokovic and Federer in the all-time ranking. The draw was quite benevolent with the Majorcan, who shouldn’t face any particular obstacles in the first week.

In the second round it could be Fabio Fognini, awaited by an insidious debut against the Russian Aslan Karatsev. Speaking to Eurosport, Alex Corretja explained that Nadal’s condition will improve with the passing of the rounds.

Corretja talks about Nadal

“Rafael Nadal needs this kind of training before a Grand Slam, in order to be ready to play well, since he showed and he proved himself and everybody else that with little practice, and with little matches, he gets the rhythm he needs for the Grand Slams,” Corretja said in a Eurosport discussion.

“I don’t think we should be concerned, of course, it would have been great for him to play maybe three matches before the US Open. And that would have been enough. But he could get that at the beginning of the tournament with some of the matches that he will play.

Last week he lost to Coric but it was okay; when you finish the tournament and you see that the guy that you lost to, wins the tournament. So he only needs a few matches in New York. And he is going to be again, very dangerous because he’s got the comfort of knowing that he won the Australian Open from a similar position, which was unbelievable, let’s say, and surprising as a way that he won.

But from where he came, you know, he came from a lot of problems. So right now, it is a shame that he didn’t have this little bit of extra matches. But I’m sure that he’s comfortable about his game and his performance. And he’s got the experience to know how to deal with the big winners of the tournament”.

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