US Open Rafael Nadal: Rafael Nadal takes on Rinke Hijikata in US Open first round

US Open Rafael Nadal: Rafael Nadal returns to US Open after 2019. He will be the second seed of the tournament…

US Open Rafael Nadal: Rafael Nadal returns to US Open after 2019 He will be seeded second in the tournament and will be looking to win his third Grand Slam title this year In the first round of the tournament, he faced Australia’s Rinke Hijikata. Nadal, however, recently suffered a devastating second-round defeat at the Cincinnati Masters after returning from an abdominal injury and is now looking for a better comeback. Follow US Open 2022 live updates on InsideSport.IN

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  • Nadal missed the US Open last year due to a knee injury and did not participate in the 2020 edition due to Covid concerns. He was the champion in 2019 and hopes to repeat that performance.
  • He returned from a knee injury earlier this year and began the year with a 21-match winning streak that saw him win the Melbourne Open, Australian Open and Mexican Open titles.
  • His first loss this year came at the Indian Wells Masters as he lost in the final to Taylor Fritz.
  • He then began his clay court season at the Madrid Open where he reached the quarterfinals. At the Italian Open, he suffered a second round defeat to Denis Shapovalov.
  • He began his French Open campaign this year and defeated then world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. He defeated Casper Rudd in straight sets to win the title.
  • He was aiming for a hat-trick of Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon but withdrew from the tournament after suffering an abdominal injury before the semi-final against Nick Kyrgios.
  • She took a month to recover and played only the Cincinnati Masters before the last Grand Slam US Open of the year where she lost in three sets in the second round against Borna Coric.

  • Rinke Hijikata is ranked 198th in the world and received a wildcard into the tournament.
  • The Australian started the year with a first round loss at the Melbourne Open. At the Australian Open, he failed to reach the main draw and lost in the second round of qualifying.
  • He won three ITF titles before Wimbledon this year. He failed to reach the main round at Wimbledon, losing in the third round of qualifying.
  • Just before Wimbledon, he reached the second round at the Los Cabos Open and lost to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets.

Nadal vs Hijikata head to head: Both players will be facing each other for the first time in their careers and Nadal will enter the contest as the overwhelming favourite. Nadal is playing at a level that can challenge even the best players and world No. 198 Hijikata is not expected to put up even a tough fight for the second seed.

US Open Rafael Nadal: Rafael Nadal vs Rinke Hijikata 1st Round Match, Head to Head, Odds & Predictions & Live Streaming Details: Follow US Open 2022 Live

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