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Western and Southern Open: Nadal, who returns after six weeks, enters second round

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Returning to the tennis court six weeks later, 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal of Spain was knocked out by Croatia’s Borna Coric in the second round 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 at the Western and Southern Open. This is Couric’s fifth win on the Tour, who returned in March from a long shoulder injury.

Second seed and world number three Nadal was playing his first match since July 6. He pulled out of the Wimbledon semi-final against Nick Kyrgios due to a stomach ache. He entered the tournament to prepare for the US Open to be held later this month. No effect of the previous injury was visible in the 36-year-old’s game. He threw a serve at a speed of 121 kilometers per hour. The match lasted two hours 51 minutes. However, during the match, there was an obstacle of one hour and 25 minutes.

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Wild card holder Sheldon defeated Roode
In addition, 11th-ranked Cameron Norie defeated three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Taylor Fritz defeated Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-2. 19-year-old Ben Sheldon, a wild card entrant, defeated fifth-ranked Casper Roode. Sheldon became the first American in 21 years to beat an opponent in the top five. Andy Roddick had previously defeated Gustavo Cuerton in 2001.

Radukanu defeated Azarenka
In the women’s section, 19-year-old US Open champion Emma Radukanu of Britain defeated Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-0, 6-2. Radukanu had earlier scored 10 points against Serena Williams and seven against 13th seed Azarenka. Now Radukanu will face world number eight Jessica Pegula. Sixth-ranked Simona Halep, who won the title in Toronto last week, withdrew due to a thigh injury.

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Returning to the tennis court six weeks later, 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal of Spain was knocked out by Croatia’s Borna Coric in the second round 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 at the Western and Southern Open. This is Couric’s fifth win on the Tour, who returned in March from a long shoulder injury.

Second seed and world number three Nadal was playing his first match since July 6. He pulled out of the Wimbledon semi-final against Nick Kyrgios due to a stomach ache. He entered the tournament to prepare for the US Open to be held later this month. No effect of the previous injury was visible in the 36-year-old’s game. He threw a serve at a speed of 121 kilometers per hour. The match lasted two hours 51 minutes. However, during the match, there was an obstacle of one hour and 25 minutes.

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Wild card holder Sheldon defeated Roode

In addition, 11th-ranked Cameron Norie defeated three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Taylor Fritz defeated Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-2. 19-year-old Ben Sheldon, a wild card entrant, defeated fifth-ranked Casper Roode. Sheldon became the first American in 21 years to beat an opponent in the top five. Andy Roddick had previously defeated Gustavo Cuerton in 2001.

Radukanu defeated Azarenka

In the women’s section, 19-year-old US Open champion Emma Radukanu of Britain defeated Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-0, 6-2. Radukanu had earlier scored 10 points against Serena Williams and seven against 13th seed Azarenka. Now Radukanu will face world number eight Jessica Pegula. Sixth-ranked Simona Halep, who won the title in Toronto last week, withdrew due to a thigh injury.

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