Rafael Nadal confidently dismisses Roger Federer-conquering John Millman at US Open

Rafael Nadal at US Open practice

Rafael Nadal was in brutal form as he eased himself into the second round of the US Open against tough Australian John Millman.

Millman caused a huge upset at Flushing Meadows last year, beating Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.

However, Nadal was in no mood to suffer a similar fate, and he produced some brilliantly bludgeoning tennis before sealing a hard-fought, yet also quite comfortable, win.

“It’s very special to be back in the night session on this Arthur Ashe Stadium,” Nadal said afterwards.

“It was 6-3 6-2 6-2 but it took 2 hours and 10 minutes and there were tough points.”

“He showed last year what he is able to do when he is playing well,” he said.

“Always at the beginning (of a tournament) the first match everything is a little bit new, even if I have played here plenty of times. The beginnings are not easy.

“To be the first match honestly I think I played a good match, hitting good backhands, some more mistakes maybe with the forehand than usual but generally happy with how I started.

“I think I played a solid first match and I am very happy with the victory.”

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