PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Taro Daniel in four sets to reach US Open third round

(AFP) – World No.1 Rafael Nadal has battled back after dropping the first set to subdue Japan’s 121st-ranked Taro Daniel and reach the third round of the US Open.

Our champ won his ATP-best 51st match of the year by 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 over the 24-year-old New York native, who fell to 0-4 against top-10 rivals.

After the match, Rafa said:

It’s a very important victory. It’s true I didn’t play very well tonight but it’s true I’m through to the third round.

I didn’t play very well but tomorrow I will work hard to find better feelings because I know I can do much better.

Rafa will face lucky loser Leonardo Mayer for a place in the last 16.

Source: AFP, Photos: Getty Images


  1. Slow start & loads of unforced errors . But Rafa delivered awesome shots when it mattered . Perhaps the supreme intensity was missing just a wee bit . Rafa rocks ! He is our supreme champ . 👌🙌👌🙌👏👏👏👏👍👍👍👍✌️✌️✌️

  2. Well done Rafa you did a good job and now all the best for the next match.

    Love and prayers,


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