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Nadal survives first round scare

Spanish tennis, superstar Rafael Nadal lost his opening set at the US Open for the first time in his career but came back to beat Rinky Hijikata.

Nadal is short on matches after suffering an abdominal tear at Wimbledon as Australian wild card Hijikata seized his opportunity on Arthur Ashe Stadium with a brilliant first set.

But Nadal, who is yet to lose a grand slam match this year, hit back straight away and clinched a 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-3 victory to set up a second-round clash with fellow veteran Fabio Fognini.

Italian Fognini handed Nadal his first ever grand slam loss from two sets up in 2015 on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Elsewhere, ninth seed Andrey Rublev and 11th seed Jannik Sinner were both pushed to five sets but came through against Laslo Djere and Daniel Altmaier respectively.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas, Editing by Adeniyi Bakare