The Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal said goodbye to the Washington tournament, category ATP 500 and that is disputed on hard court, at fall (6-4, 1-6, 6-4) in his second match against the South African Lloyd Harris, another complicated day that ended his career.
The number three in the world, who will lose the world podium in favor of the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, was back in action in the American capital after his defeat in the semi-finals at Roland Garros. Nadal got serious in the second set, but in the third he missed the serve that worked so well for the rival and he could not with a motivated Harris in his first confrontation with the champion of 20 ‘big’.
After an agonizing premiere that also woke up a foot injury, the second game of the Balearic was even in the air. Nadal jumped in search of the quarterfinals but ran into a Harris whose wrist did not tremble. From an even start, the South African was the first to have break balls, and he took advantage of them. The income in the seventh game was enough for the world number 50 to score his sleeve, despite the nerves to close. Nadal reacted with a dominating second set but Harris saved the best for last. The South African saved a first game of the third key set to not fully surrender the reins and a third ball of ‘break’ in the fifth game, with doubts for the Spanish.
At 5-4 for the South African, Nadal’s serve failed and Harris took advantage of it to achieve the biggest victory of his career with a balloon. The Spaniard says goodbye to the heat of the Washington stands with the good news that his foot did not bother him as much as the day before but with a shoot that needs to be fine-tuned for the US Open.