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ATP 500 Washington | Rafael Nadal-Jack Sock: The Spaniard opens before a dangerous ‘reborn’ (01:00)

With his first participation to date in Washington, Rafael Nadal wants to recover the best possible sensations before the challenge of winning his fifth US Open. Defeat in Roland-Garros semi-finals against Novak Djokovic, in what was their last meeting disputed to date, he made the decision not to play the grass season or the Olympic Games in order to arrive in the best possible way to his appointment with the reconquest of the last Grand Slam of the year.

Giving up competing for more than a month and a half to prevent “any time of excesses” in his preparation, Nadal faces Washington with great ambition: “I am very excited to be playing in Washington for the first time. That tournament will be the best start to the US tour for me.”, said the manacorí in statements provided by the organization of the Citi Open.

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Washington will be the best start to the American tour for me. “

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The Washington ATP will also host other recognized faces and names that break to the top of the world rankings such as the Wimbledon semifinalists Hubert hurkacz Y Denis Shapovalov.

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A local player will be the one trying to ruin Nadal’s Washington premiere, Jack sock. The one from Nebraska, a victim of inactivity that he accused for two years, came to reap a fateful streak of 474 days (one year, three months and 17 days) without getting a win that he savored again before Radu Albot in February 2020. A success that was somewhat distant for someone who not so long ago had been top ten (world number 8 in November 2017) and that caused him tears of emotion, after overcoming an important journey of injuries.

These are better times now for the American who holds four ATP titles in his record. The hard court being its preferred surface, Sock Named Little Rock Challenger Champion, Arkansas, last June partially recovering the essence that made him an always dangerous player. However, in his stage of full performance, the American little fear in the body has put a Nadal who dominates in his direct confrontations with five wins and not a single loss.

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