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Nadal convinces in a solid debut against Millman at the US Open.

Nadal convinces in a solid debut against Millman at the US Open.

Rafa Nadal managed to beat Australian John Millman, the former Roger Federer’s executioner at Flushing Meadows last year, in the first round of the US Open on Tuesday, in a solid match for the Spaniard that ended 6-3, 6- 2 and 6-2.

In what is only the second time that Nadal and Millman face each other on the playing court, the Mallorcan dominated with powerful serves, successful remains, and shots to the baseline that dislodged his rival, at the same time that he knew take advantage of the break points obtained.

As usual, Nadal, who has won the US Open three times, was annoyed with the hectic atmosphere in Arthur Ashe’s stadium, where the buzz from the crowd is constant and the attendees are not. they are in a rush to take a seat after every break in the game.

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Nadal’s demands led to a slight incident with the match judge, the Swedish Louise Azemar Engzell, who caught his attention for taking too long to serve at the end of the first set, while he was waiting precisely for the public to calm down.

Even so, the one from Manacor, who has never fallen in the first round of the US Open, was consistent in his game, returning 80% of the balls thrown by Millman, 60 from the ATP and that last year After defeating Federer in the fourth round, he made it to the quarterfinals of the tournament.

«It was a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, but two hours and ten minutes. The points have been tough, Millman’s movements are very good. He already showed last year what he could do when he plays well, “said Nadal, who said he was” generally happy “with his debut at this year’s US Open.

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After Tuesday’s match, Nadal will meet in the second round with fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, 203 from the ATP. EFE

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