Rafael Nadal backs Spain in Eurobasket final

Rafael Nadal will not think about tennis on Sunday evening! The 22-time Major winner will support his country in the Eurobasket final against France, as Spain aim for the fourth title in the last six Eurobasket tournaments!

Rafa is back on the training ground after the US Open fourth round defeat, hoping to compete in the Laver Cup next weekend. Nadal and his wife are expecting the first child, but he still wants to compete in the rest of the season and fight with Carlos Alcaraz for the year-end number.

1 spot. Nadal suffered an abdominal injury at Wimbledon and only played one match before the US Open. It wasn’t enough to build his form or stay competitive in the race for the ATP throne. Rafa led the ATP rankings live before Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud overtook him and prevented him from becoming world number one.

1 to 36. The Spaniard failed to reach his 17th straight major quarter-final after falling to Frances Tiafoe in four sets in the fourth round. Rafa has won two major titles this season, finishing second in the ATP race behind his young compatriot.

Nadal injured his abdomen at Wimbledon and retired before the semi-final. He came to New York out of form and failed to achieve a noticeable result and become world number one. 1 to 36!

Rafael Nadal will support Spain in the Eurobasket final.

Nadal kicked off his 16th US Open with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 triumph over the world number one.

198 Rinky Hijikata. The youngster delivered his only break in the opener for a surprising lead. The veteran kicked into high gear from set number two and moved forward with five return games on his tally. Struggling to find the rhythm behind the initial shot, Nadal didn’t play well in the opening 70 minutes against Fabio Fognini in the second round.

The Italian opened up a 6-2, 4-2 advantage before the Spaniard took control and grabbed 16 of the last 19 games in a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6 triumph -1! Rafa had no problem against Richard Gasquet, beating the Frenchman for the 18th time in as many encounters after a 6-0, 6-1, 7-5 win.

Seeking his 17th straight major quarter-final, Rafa faced Frances Tiafoe at Arthur Ashe Stadium. An inspired Tiafoe claimed his first victory over Nadal in front of his fans. He delivered a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 triumph in three hours and 34 minutes for a place in the last eight.

Nadal lost the first game with just one break and played well in the second to grab a return game and level the aggregate score. The American earned a break at 3-3 in the third set and held with an ace in game ten to wrap things up and move closer to the finish line.

Nadal remained competitive and took a break at 2-1 in the fourth set to boost his chances. Instead of leaning on that, Rafa played three straight loose service games and helped Frances pick up five games in a row and rise to the top in style.

. Rafael Nadal backs Spain Eurobasket final

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