US Open: what a flop Naomi Osaka and Emma Raducanu

The two stars were highly anticipated, but they disappointed. Win for Rafael Nadal

by Lorenzo Ciotti
US Open: what a flop Naomi Osaka and Emma Raducanu

After beating Iga Swiatek on the Wimbleodn lawns, Alize Cornet gives herself the first round victory against Emma Raducanu on the US Open hard-court The absolutely negative period continues for the twenty-twenty-one edition tournament champion, who will fall around position number eighty in the ranking.

Black day of the Grand Slam champions, with the clear defeat of Naomi Osaka against Danielle Collins. Bad news for both former US Open champions, both in a black crisis without an end. Raducanu was wiped away after the pressur made on her by British press and media.

After the forced retirement from the Wimbledon semifinal and the not so lucky mini-tour on North American hard court, obviously seasoned by the defeat in CIncinnati against the then tournament champion Borna Coric, Rafael Nadal needs a set to take the measurements of the 2001 Australian class Rinky Hijikata and above all the playing conditions, not exactly easy to manage in the final part of day 2 of the Us Open.

The four-time champion of the tournament, on the hunt for the twenty-third Slam pearl and above all for the top of the ranking, leaves the first set on the road but does not make any other particular changes to the project between the second and fourth sets.

US Open: what a flop Naomi Osaka and Emma Raducanu, win for Rafael Nadal

On the contrary. The very Spanish champion, who appears in total control of the matter at least in his own batting rounds, is distracted at 3-3 and at the first chance of a break that he puts on the Australian tennis player's plate he finds himself as a pursuer.

This is basically the only real hole in the New York debut. Nadal completely changes face, shows up with a 3-0 in the second set and strengthens the advantage right in the heart of the second fraction. The 6-2 is basically a logical consequence.

Third and fourth sets proceed roughly on the same track, with the Spanish champion who harpoons the break in both cases at the start and who at the threshold of three hours of play fixes the success at 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-3 despite the final part of the match is played under the roof due to rain.

Waiting for him will be Fabio Fognini, who won the historic precedent of 2015 on Flushing Meadows hard courts, recovering two sets of disadvantage.

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