Highlights

  • Borna Coric beat Rafael Nadal 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 in Cincinnati
  • Nadal was playing his first match since July 6
  • Nadal was out due to an abdominal tear

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Nadal hadn't played since July 6 after an abdominal tear forced him to withdraw from a semifinal match against Nick Kyrgios at the Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal's return from a six-week layoff didn't go down as he would have liked it to as Borna Coric spoilt his party by beating the 36-year-old 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 in Cincinnati.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion, including two this year, hadn't played since July 6 after an abdominal tear forced him to withdraw from a semifinal match against Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon. He hoped to start putting the final touches on prepping for the upcoming U.S. Open.

After the match, Nadal agreed that he hadn't played his best game.

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