2019
Venue: Flushing Meadows, Dates: 26 Aug – 8 Sep
Coverage: Live text and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra commentary on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app. Click here for Live Guide.

Three-time champion opened his campaign with a dominant win as n opponent John Millman could not replicate last year’s shock win over .

Nadal’s physical state is always a concern but the Spaniard looked sharp in a 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory.

The second seed broke Millman’s serve five times in a one-sided match.

Nadal, 33, will play Millman’s fellow n Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round.

Kokkinakis, 23, has seen his career disrupted by a serious shoulder injury and will face the 18-time Grand Slam champion after earning his first win at a Grand Slam since the 2015 French Open.

Nadal is no stranger to injuries himself, of course, and his comfortable win against Millman was a happy return to Ashe, where he was forced to retire from his semi-final against with a knee problem last year.

Returning to deafening cheers for Tuesday’s night session, Nadal made a customary slow start as he fought off a break point in the first game before taking 30-year-old Millman’s serve in the fourth proved enough for the opener.

Millman, ranked 60th, earned the biggest win of his career against Federer in last year’s last-16 match after fighting back from a set down.

But he was unable to produce a similar fightback with Nadal focused and firing on the other side of the net to clinch victory in two hours and 11 minutes

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