Rafael Nadal Lost to Borna Coric at Cincinnati Masters. Check out the story here

Rafael Nadal lost to Borna Coric 7-6 (11/9), 4-6, 6-3 in the second round on return after a five-year absence from the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters

The 36-year-old Spaniard, who won the Cincinnati title in 2013, was playing his first match in well over a month after withdrawing with an abdominal injury from his Wimbledon semi-final against Nick Kyrgios.

Nadal began the season with three titles and 20 consecutive wins but will head into the US Open after only one summer hardcourt match.

“This tournament was difficult for me. He played better," Nadal said. “It’s difficult to take a lot of positive things from this match.

he also said that he needs to practice more

The night appearance by the 22-time Grand Slam champion was interrupted for an hour and a quarter by rain in the opening set.

Nadal missed on two set points of his own and had to save two set points for Coric.

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