World No. 2 Rafael Nadal easily dispatched his first-round opponent, Australian John Millman 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to open to the night session on Tuesday night in Arthur Ashe Stadium on day 2 of the US Open.
Millman beat Roger Federer last year in the fourth round.
Nadal will be playing another Australian in the next round – wild card Thanasi Kokkinakis.
“He has a big forehand, big serve,” said Nadal to media. “He’s a dangerous opponent, of course. I need to go on court and to play well. If not, will be a very difficult match.
“So let’s see. I think I had more or less positive feelings tonight. I need to keep improving every single day. Winning with that result allow me more to have a good practice. I hope to be ready for after tomorrow knowing is a tough challenge, Thanasi in the second round.”
Nadal was asked about his side of the draw, where four out of the top 10 seeds have been upset.
“That’s tennis. That’s all the reaction I can say, no? When you start the tournament, you have difficult opponents in front. You need to go on court and respect every single opponent.
“I went on court today against a tough opponent knowing that I need to play well to win. If you play bad, you can lose. Tsitsipas had a very tough first round. Of course, Karen is a surprise. I think Thiem have been very sick for the last 10 days. I feel very sorry for him.”
“Roberto was a surprise. Honestly, I’m very sad for him.”