Nadal starts filming for the US Open in Washington

The Spaniard returns to competition after the defeat to Djokovic in the semi-finals at Roland Garros. He debuts this at dawn on Thursday in Spain (1.00 hours) against Jack Sock

Nadal, training in Washington.Mitchell laytonAFP

When in the early hours of this Thursday he meets Jack sock In the second round of Washington’s ATP 500, 54 days will have elapsed since the last game of Rafael Nadal. The world number 3 decided to get out of Wimbledon and the Olympics a few days after falling against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of Roland Garros.

Nadal returns to competition in a tournament that he has never played before, in which he starts as the top favorite and where he begins filming for the United States Open, the last big one of the season, which will be played in New York from the 30th. His intention is to play the two Masters 1000 that precede the US Open: in Toronto, from the 8th to the 15th of this month, and in Cincinnati, the following week.

The infrequent period outside the competition has incorporated a new tournament into Nadal’s plan to reach a tournament in his best state where he could unbalance the equality of 20 Grand Slam titles that he maintains with Roger Federer Y NovakDjokovic. Following the no-public edition in 2020, Flushing Meadows will regain heat in the stands.

Successive casualties

Fans will also return to Washington, which has lost in recent days some of its main attractions, such as Shapovalov, Hurkacz, Raonic, Khachanov Y Karatsev, the last two winners of Olympic silver in singles and doubles, respectively. The presence of Nadal, whose image illustrates the promotional poster with the Capitol in the background and the slogan “Rafa is coming”, has been enough to sell out the available tickets.

To be Nadal’s first hard court tournament since last February he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open after taking the two opening sets. The left-hander has been training for several days in Washington accompanied by his second coach, Francis Roig. His first relatively difficult commitment, always in the field of hypothesis, will come in the quarterfinals, before Cameron norrie, seventh seed and recent champion in Los Cabos.

The devalued box s counting on the Australian Nick kyrgioschampion of the last edition of the tournament, two years ago, and little given to lavish.