PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Borna Coric to move into US Open second round

Rafael Nadal secured his place in the second round of the US Open following a 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Croatian teenager Borna Coric.

After the match, Rafa told the crowd in an on-court ESPN interview:

It’s a very happy moment for me. Last year was very hard not having chance to being back in one of my favorite tournaments.

The first two sets were a high level for me. I was happy with the way I played. He is a great player and has an amazing future.

Rafa next meets Diego Schwartzman, a 6-3 6-2 6-2 winner over Swedish qualifier Elias Ymer.

Source: Reuters


  1. I watched your match and you played so well during the first 2 sets. I think my dear Rafa, you need to drink a lot of water, juice, gatorade because you sweat a lot. Please take care of yourself and see you for the second match. Your abuelita from Mexico. Vamos Rafa mi campeon.

  2. VAMOS! Congratulations dear Rafa, on your great victory. All the best of luck at your next matches. No.1 champ always. You can do it. 😍🎾💪🌟😘

  3. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) …… CHEERS & MASSIVE Congratulations on your beautiful match & solid victory!!!!!!!! : ) …….CI…..CI……CI…….& ….. CI SENIOR!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) …….. It was a great decisive win!!!!!!!!!!! KUDOS……. enjoy your wonderful triumph!!!!!!!!! You played SO BEAUTIFULLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVERYTHING about your match was outstanding and w such classy delivery……. I loved your strength & energy and your powerful excellent Serve game….and your your amazing creative RETURNS getting winners on the Run….on the NET…..on the Base Line….on the Edge of the court….etc…. etc….etc…..VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS dear Rafa on your STRONG & competitive game!!!!!! It was such a fine, well measured match!!!!!!! : ) : ) Congratulations on everything…… Your great focus & speedy flexible movement was INCREDIBLE w Such grace ……& POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Vamos & enjoy celebrating w your amazing team this fantastic sweet win!!!!! VAMOS & have a good time & great fun moving forward!!!!!!!!!!! Good night & sweet dreams!!!!!! God bless you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. The first two sets were great! In the fourth Rafa took a pill:( Does anybody knows the reason for that?

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