Nadal Falters To Harris In Washington D.C. Shocker; Sinner Rallies Past Korda

by Staff | August 6th, 2021, 9:21 am

Top seed and top draw Rafael Nadal is out of the event in Washington D.C. A day after surviving a 3-hour marathon against Jack Sock in his opener, Nadal fell just short in his third round match Thursday night losing to Lloyd Harris 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.

“Today was really special. I think I have had some big wins, and this year I have beat some Grand Slam champions,” said Harris following his greatest career win. “But to beat a 20-time Grand Slam champion, and especially in front of a full crowd and with such an amazing atmosphere, it was definitely something very special.

“I did a lot of good things. I think the best thing was to stay in the moment, keep my composure, and I think I just stayed with my game and stayed playing a consistently good level throughout the match,” Harris added. “It was a good, quality match, I think. Not easy for me out there. It was pretty physical, but all in all, I’m just super happy with how everything turned out.”

Nadal, who spoke of a foot issue on Wednesday, appeared to be better physically but couldn’t get past the 24-year-old from South Africa.

“The most positive thing is my foot was better today than yesterday, so that’s the best news possible. I played against a player that played well,” Nadal said.

“For the moment, I think I played better than yesterday,” he added. “In the third when I had opportunities, the true is his serve was huge and I played this last game really bad.”

“In the key moments I think in the last game, I was a little bit more nervous. My serve was not working the proper way,” he said. “Well done for him. Is a great victory for him. I wish him all the very best.”

With the foot issues not solved, Nadal said for now his next stop will be in Canada.

The young crew also shined on Thursday. In a battle of 20-year-olds, the unconventional Jensen Brooksby shocked Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-4.

“I have definitely gotten mentally tougher this year, and it’s only kept improving. I just really love, truly love playing on these stages,” the World No. 130 Brooksby said. “No opponent will faze me. I can compete with anyone. This was definitely a very good match today for me. “I stayed really focused throughout. I didn’t really have any lapses in my strategy or mentally. I’m happy with that match.”

Auger-Aliassime has now lost 3 of his last 4 matches heading into his home Canadian Masters.

And in another youth battle, Jannik Sinner got the better of Sebastian Korda 7-6(3), 7-6(3). Sinner had lost his last 4 entering D.C. where the Italian seems to have found his mark.

Korda, who had some back issues during the match, actually led 5-2 with a double break it the second.

“Obviously it was a tough match, because we never practiced together. We never played match, so it was kind of new for both of us,” Sinner said. “Very similar game style.”

Kei Nishokori advanced to a meeting with Harris. And 3 other Americans won — Steve Johnson, Denis Kudla and Mackenzie McDonald.

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8 Comments for Nadal Falters To Harris In Washington D.C. Shocker; Sinner Rallies Past Korda

Wog Boy Says:

Rafa is on the verge of dropping out of the top 4, he is #4 atm.
It might happen before USO depending on Zverev results in Cincinnati, but very likely after USO (unless he defends 2000 points) and that before the tail end of the year when he usually doesn’t perform well.
It looks that the last man standing (out of big 4) will be Nole.
Interesting that Tsitsi stands good chance to finish the year as #1 even Nole won 3 GSs!

chrisford1 Says:

One of these years, Rafa actually will be gone, but I remember being happy for him back in 2010 when he got his career Slam at the USO because his knees were so bad at the time his career was in doubt.

Rafa crossed the finish line a long time ago. He doesn’t have to do the whole Tour grind.
Might have another Slam in him, but he has a nice deal at present. So senior and successful he doesn’t have to play anywhere anymore he doesn’t want to play at except as committed to in endorsement contracts. Where he does play, people will be happy to have Nadal show up.
I don’t think he will stay on like Venus Williams as at 40, as Rafa has said he never plays a match these days without being in some pain.
2024 – Olympics at Roland Garros. Do you think Nadal will pass?
Or pass on the French Opens before the Olympics venue starts?

Hope some other people have watched parts of the Olympics outside Tennis, thinking of WB and water polo…..

Wog Boy Says:

I certainly watched the waterpolo, best ever and most successful team, Serbia defended gold frim Rio, but my favourite match was SF against Spaniards and the goal 26 seconds before the end that decided the finalist.
Scored by most decorated waterpolo player ever, #10 Filip Filipivic, you can see the goal in the link below titled “Nadal watching SF Serbia vs Spain”. Sadly this is the end of one generation that lasted 15 years, I SALUTE THEM .

That’s the waterpolo cap #10 I’ve been wearing for the last 5-6 years in every match I attended in RLA, and I will be wearing it next January too, you never know, I might bring some luck to Nole …#10?!
Have a look at the goal…and Nadal;)

skeezer Says:

Congrats 2 usa womens volleyball Gold!

Giles Says:

So Bog Boy finds it very entertaining watching Nadal watching Spain lose.
Well, I found it more entertaining watching the faker lose any chance of a Gold, Silver or even the lowly Bronze medal.
Just can’t contain my joy, it was wonderful! Hahaha.
There might be a rusty copper medal somewhere to pacify him with surely! ROFL

Wog Boy Says:

I can’t believe Gisele is that dumb that she fell for it, Rafa watching waterpolo match?!
Are you blonde by any chance, Gisele?

Giles Says:

Faker is going to be punished by the US Open crowd this year for all his antics at the Olympics. He dared to withdraw from the Dubs match whilst it was still alive and denied his partner the chance of winning a medal. How unsportsmanlike can one individual be? Shameful! The whole world is still talking about it ! And what about the racket smashing during his Bronze medal match against Pablo? Shameful again! Well, he deserved the outcome , no medals for the faker. Karma!

Giles Says:

Bog Boy. If it wasn’t true why did you go to all the trouble of sending in a video? Simply means you are a bigger arsehole than faker! You won’t get any medals for it. You have to wait for OG Paris!

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