Rafael Nadal excelled from Australian Rinky Hijikata with 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 at Flushing Meadows, where he competed for the first time since he won the 2019 title. The second seed has won 19 of his past 20 matches at the season’s final Grand Slam, and he has triumphed in all 20 of his matches at major championships this year.

I think I started not that bad the first couple of games, but then I had some opportunities that I was not able to make it,” Nadal said. He also added,”I think I didn’t play a good game with my serve. Then he had the break. Then I was a little bit nervous. First match here in New York after three years, night session, it’s always exciting. Yeah, I went through this tough moment.”