Rafael Nadal cruises to straight sets victory over John Millman in US Open first round

Rafael Nadal cruises to straight sets victory over John Millman in US Open first round to set up meeting with wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis

  • Rafael Nadal looked dominant in his first-round U.S. Open match at Arthur Ashe 
  • The Spaniard cruised to a straight sets victory over Australian John Millman 
  • Millman had pulled off a shock defeat over Roger Federer in the event last year
  • Nadal will now face another Australian, Thanasi Kokkinakis, a wild-card entry 
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Second-seeded Rafael Nadal looked dominant in his first-round US Open match, easily defeating Australian John Millman 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

Nadal, who is undefeated in US Open first rounds, may have had reason to worry about Millman, who upset Roger Federer last year in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows. 

But the 60th-ranked Australian could not compete with Nadal from the baseline. The Spaniard capped his workmanlike victory with a clean forehand winner.

Rafael Nadal looked dominant in his first-round US Open match at Arthur Ashe

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Rafael Nadal looked dominant in his first-round US Open match at Arthur Ashe

The experienced Spaniard cruised to a straight sets victory over Australian John Millman

The experienced Spaniard cruised to a straight sets victory over Australian John Millman

The experienced Spaniard cruised to a straight sets victory over Australian John Millman

The iconic Spaniard found his rhythm early on to power to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory

The iconic Spaniard found his rhythm early on to power to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory

The iconic Spaniard found his rhythm early on to power to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory

Next up for Nadal is another Australian, Thanasi Kokkinakis, a wild-card entry ranked 203rd.

‘It’s very special to be back in this night session at the Arthur Ashe Stadium,’ Nadal told ESPN following the win.

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‘I’m very excited, having a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, but two hours and ten minutes was tough.

Millman couldn't handle the power and direct approach of his Spanish opponent

Millman couldn't handle the power and direct approach of his Spanish opponent

Millman couldn’t handle the power and direct approach of his Spanish opponent

‘He was tough, his movement was great, he showed last year what he’s able to do when he’s playing well and it was a match I had to respect.

‘I’m very happy with the victory, and thank you very much to everybody for the support.’

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