Rafael Nadal expected the loss to Borna Coric in some ways, maybe not with this result (6-1 6-3). The incredible physical and mental effort of last week was too much today for being able to compete at 100% If he could choose, would have not cameback playing so many matches: 'It's not the ideal situation to come back to competition - Nadal said - In one week I went from practicing almost nothing to playing 23 hours in seven days. It's normal to come back a little slower, but having to come back for the Olympics didn't allow that.
Now I pay.' Rafa clarified wrist injury is not getting worse, he was just very tired: 'I didn't think about retiring today against Coric. I have a little pain everywhere but nothing near what it would take to pull out.
The wrist is still sore but mainly shoulder, and for the sure the different balls [than last week] did not help.' Nadal will only take a couple of full days off, then will hit the practice court again because 'with more rest the wrist will not go better.
The wrist needs to adapt again to the game. Adapt to hit the ball.' If it's true that the rest does not make the wrist better, keep playing is not helpful too. So why he played Cincinnati? 'I didn't want to go home.
I've been home enough the last 3 months.' On Facebook Borna Coric praised Rafa's character: 'I beat one of the best ever! Hope Rafa Nadal will be OK, he showed what a true champion he is by playing until the end.' ALSO READ: Del Potro gets a US Open wild card, Steve Johnson not happy: 'If he beats a top American in the first round...'