US Open: Rafael Nadal cruises past Dusan Lajovic in first round match

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Then the top-seeded Spaniard turned up his game and turned destiny around.

Nadal, who defeated Serbia's Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (8/6) 6-2 6-2 in his opening-round match, said: "I always thought that he was going to be playing if he was here practising".

Had Murray withdrew earlier, Nadal and Federer would have been on opposite sides of the draw.

Their rivalry has stretched 13 years and 37 matches but Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have never met at the US Open, an anomaly which seems certain to be corrected after a host of rivals limped out of contention. "When you have some nerves, when you don't convert a couple of love-30s in a row, 15-30s, then some break points, you arrive to 4-all".

"I just went 6-4 in the fifth, at night, first time ever on Ashe", Tiafoe said, "against the greatest player of all time". Yeah, you feel one set down. "That pressure is not fun but it's what you have to go through".

The Swiss legend looked like himself in the second and third sets, but Tiafoe kept up the pressure with dazzling winners and aggressive shots from start to finish.

"[I'm] happy to be back". Of course it's a day to be satisfied.

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"I certainly wouldn't have been hurting myself more by trying to play".

"It's really exciting but I need a few hours to let it sink in. I believe this will give me a lot of confidence with my body and my game".

The 19-year-old Tiafoe broke Federer in the first game of the match and bellowed out a loud "Come on!" when his forehand victor found the line to capture the opening set. He produced a cross-court forehand victor at an unbelievable angle to earn the chance, before converting it with a terrific forehand passing victor down the line. And Federer was rusty, made errors, and was broken in the first game.

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Today, that wish, forged from hours of hitting a ball against the wall of a Maryland club where his father worked as a maintenance man, comes true in front of nearly 25,000 fans on New York's showpiece Arthue Ashe Stadium. "My hope and my belief is that it's only going to get better from here, because every day that goes by puts me further away from what happened in Montreal". I enjoy it and I have unforgettable memories from this tournament and this court, because the energy is different from in other places. "I'm assuming it had to do with the roof just holding all of that noise in", Keys said.

Only two men's matches were completed amidst the rains on Tuesday at the US Open - perhaps the two most important where fans are concerned, as No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal and No. 3 Roger Federer moved into the second round.



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