Rafael Nadal returned to the court in Cincinnati a few days after capturing his third Masters 1000 championship in Montreal 2005. The youthful Czech Tomas Berdych was the opponent for the Spaniard, who had little luck in the draw. Tomas won 6-7, 6-2, 7-6 in just under three hours by surviving three match points.
Tomas outperformed the world No. 2 with better statistics after the first serve, fending off 10 of the twelve break attempts with bravery and aggression, and winning in the crucial moments. The Czech player overcame all challenges to get off to a winning start and beat Nadal. He had more than 50 wins and unforced errors.
Out of the six chances Tomas gave him, Rafa wasted four of them by giving up service. In those thrilling moments, he lost ground, and after 16 straight victories, he suffered his first defeat. When Nadal broke at love in the ninth game, he made the first difference. He then served for the set in the following game.
Berdych leveled the score at 5-5 by saving a set point and regaining the break. Nadal regained control and used a service winner to take the tie break 7-4, advancing him toward the finish line and his 17th consecutive victory. After Tomas made a fortunate touch into the net in game five of the second set, Rafa lost a break. A few minutes later, the Czech was able to hold at love to win the set.
Rafa attempted to restart the match in the decider despite leg pain, serving strongly and earning five break points at 4-3. One of them would have gotten him closer to the goal, but Tomas was unfazed and erased them to win the match and maintain his position in the running.
Nadal intends to visit South America.
The group that will represent Spain in the 2022 Davis Cup Finals was announced by Sergi Bruguera. Despite the fact that many wished Rafael Nadal would make a comeback to one of his favorite tournaments, the presence of Alcaraz, the world’s top player, and two outstanding lieutenants like Pablo Carreo and Roberto Bautista guarantees a squad that is completely secured.
The national coach made it quite clear during the press conference where he made the announcement that the Spaniard had withdrawn from the Davis Cup, at least for this year: “Rafa warned me not to count on him at the start of the year and said he wouldn’t be there for the Davis Cup.
He always shows up, but not this year. He has the freedom to make his choice because he has already won the contest multiple times “A Bruguera said that Albert Ramos, Alejandro Davidovich, and Pedro Martnez will compete for a slot, which further narrowed the hunt for the fifth member.