Rafael Nadal wins US Open

Rafael Nadal drops first set but rallies to defeat Rinky Hijikata at US Open

Rafael Nadal came into the US Open having won 10 of his last 11 matches, including three straight on clay courts at the French Open.

But the 30-year-old Spaniard has not won since Wimbledon in July. That was the last time he had a single-match victory in the opening week of a Grand Slam tournament. He has now withdrawn from his opening tournament back in the US, leaving the door wide open for up-and-coming young talent to become the breakthrough force of the sport this year.

In the first set, after missing a backhand into the net on numerous occasions, Nadal was forced into a tiebreaker. The Argentine looked comfortable on his favoured surface, hitting 21 winners, while the Swiss never hit a winner of the first set. But on numerous occasions, he had chances to win the set, including breaking back to get a foothold in the tiebreaker. Nadal’s backhand then slipped at the net, a big time loss of concentration that resulted in another tiebreak. He went on to win the match.

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Gael Monfils pose for a group photo at the US Open

The crowd in Arthur Ashe stadium began to swell when Rafael Nadal hit his first service game winner of the match. But it was his forehand that would be key in setting up the win. It started by hitting a forehand winner on net to open the break. That was followed by a drop volley return of a backhand to get to 5-3. His forehand, however, gave way on the backhand, as Nadal hit another forehand winner, and then a backhand long on, giving Nadal the upper hand.

The Argentine never stopped his attack in the second set. He won four consecutive service games to go up 15-14 and then won his

Leave a Comment