Nadal had two set points in the first-set tie break but failed to convert either, including when he wafted a forehand volley wide before a double fault handed Ćorić an early lead in the match.
The Spaniard fought back in the second set to level the contest, but Ćorić broke at 3-2 in the decider and saw out the set to claim his third win against Nadal in five meetings.
Ćorić, who was absent for more than a year after undergoing shoulder surgery in May 2021, ended the match with 39 winners and will face another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut, in the third round.
“It’s difficult to take a lot of positive things, but I need to improve,” 尽管半决赛超过.
“I need to practice. I need to return better. I need days (在球场上), and that’s the truth. 明显, I had my chances in the beginning. In the tie-break, I had two important chances with two set points that I played terribly with two more-or-less easy shots.”
Nadal’s last US Open title came in 2019, 从那时起, he has claimed three more grand slam victories to surpass Roger Federer at the top of the men’s all-time list.
This year’s tournament in New York gets underway on August 29.