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US Open: Nadal made his debut with a win, but left the set against the 198th in the world

She defeated Rinki Hijikata 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3. He will face Fognini for a place in the third round

Nadal hits a backhand against Hijikata.Sarah SteerAFP

Since the start of the season, each appearance of Rafael NadaGrand Slam tournaments require him to examine his body carefully, to check whether it is in correct magazine condition. It was the same at the Australian Open, where he presented himself with a victory in a minor tournament in Melbourne after a long journey due to a chronic injury to the scaphoid in his left leg. This happened again at Roland Garros due to a serious outbreak in Rome. And it happened again at Wimbledon, after an innovative treatment to prevent infiltration that he had to undergo in Paris for more than two weeks.

Nadal won his twenty-first Grand Slam title in Australia, added his twenty-second in the French capital and had a promising route in London, before a stomach rupture that prevented him from playing the semi-finals. Discomfort is looming again at the United States Open, where he has reached with only one match since the unfortunate accident at Wimbledon: a loss against Borna Corico At the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati, think of the definitive solution to a problem without having to carry all that can condition their performance when it comes to serving. After starting a hesitation, they beat rinki hijikata 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 and 6-3 in three hours and seven minutes.

bad start

Returning to the US Open after three years, he faced an almost unknown opponent. Hijikata, a 21-year-old Australian who was making his Grand Slam debut thanks to a wild card, started off with the freshness of someone who has little to lose. In his fourth game as a professional, he made the most of a Spanish Diesel start to win the first set with the culmination of a straight serve. Loose, quick, brave, taking advantage of any opportunity to go over the net, the 198th player in the world made a good break in the seventh game.

Nadal, less content with the serve, gained width in his shots and performed better in various directions to return logic to the match, while the tennis player trained at the University of North Carolina lost effectiveness. It was a consistent and solid response. To clear up the initial confusion, which is understandable given its lack of mileage, the Spanish was more like the one we all know. With the court covered in the third set already due to rain, the four-time champion of the tournament presented specific arguments for those who wish to win their twenty-third Grand Slam and return to world No. 1 in the match. rule over. authority.

Hijikata’s impression was pleasant, who resisted until the fifth match point, a meteoric and accurate death by the authority of the Spanish. Nadal’s fine balance with the serve: won with 57% percent, 77% points first and 65% seconds.

waiting for you this thursday Fabio FogniAn old acquaintance whom he has defeated in 13 of his 17 matches, but who defeated him in two sets in the third round of the same tournament in 2015. The Italian also returned to defeat it by two unfavorable sets at this edition of the US Open. Russian from Wednesday Aslan Karatsev,

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