“I can’t maintain my high form for a long time,” Nadal admitted. “I’m not moving fast enough. Tennis is a sport that requires flexibility in position and movement. Otherwise you need to be very fast and young. I’m not that fast and young anymore.”
The 22-time Grand Slam champion commented: “Honestly, I trained well last week. But then, when the tournament started, my performance went down. Also, I also had problems. psychologically a few months ago But that didn’t matter. In the end, I got to the 4th round of the US Open and faced a better player That’s why I had to book an early flight back home. “.
At Arthur Ashe Court in New York City, USA, Tiafoe beat Nadal with the score of 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 and 6-3 respectively. This is the first time since the beginning of the year that Nadal has been beaten in a major tournament. The Spaniard’s dream of winning the 23rd Grand Slam this year ended.
Tiafoe covered her face with her hands and was emotional when creating one of the big surprises of the US Open 2022. However, Nadal’s defeat was also warned by many experts in advance. The 36-year-old player has not been in high form since the beginning of the tournament. In the encounter with tennis player Fabio Fognini in the second round, Nadal struggled to overcome the Italian opponent with a score of 3-1. It was a match Nadal described as one of the “worst performances” of his career.
Nadal has won the US Open four times in 2010, 2013, 2017 and 2019. After a long absence, he returned to the Grand Slam tournament in the US with the ambition to win to reach 23 Grand Slam titles and regain the position. number 1 in the world.
An early exit from the US Open 2022 will affect Nadal’s ambition to return to No. 1 in the rankings. If Casper Ruud (who made it to the quarterfinals of the US Open) and Carlos Alcaraz (who met Marin Cilic in round 4) go deep in the US Open 2022, they are likely to step up to the world No. In the event that both Alcaraz and Ruud fail to reach the final, Nadal will return to world number one for the first time since January 2020.
According to Hong An – Zing.vn | 09:29 September 6, 2022