Nadal overpowers Daniel at US Open

Ruben Hill
September 1, 2017

Roger Federer insisted his back felt fine on Thursday, no matter how often he seemed out of sync during his 6-1, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over 101-ranked Mikhail Youzhny in the second round of the U.S. Open. Nadal goes on to face Leonardo Mayer in the third round after the Argentine beat Yuichi Sugita in four sets.

The Spanish maestro bounced back from a set and break down to outplay Daniel 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in an exhilarating second-round clash under the lights on the Arthur Ashe Stadium. But I'm still in the draw, which gives me a chance.

But Nadal soon found the accuracy that had eluded him in the first set and his booming serve proved too much for the exhausted 24-year-old, who is now 0-6 against top 20 opponents in his career.

Nadal turned the screw and broke Daniel twice on his way to clinching a speedy third set, and it was a double fault from the latter which allowed the Spaniard to break again in the fourth. "I still believe I'm going to pick up my game and become just more consistent because I'm not playing all that badly". "I going to work to make that happen". After tomorrow another important match for me. But Nadal hit a nasty forehand victor down the line to break back. I need to compete better.

"I need to improve a lot of things but I am here to try to improve every day".

Five-time US Open champion and third seed Federer had also needed five sets to see off US teenager Frances Tiafoe in the opening round. It was exciting and that's why I came to NY, to go through these emotions, ' he said. "It's true I didn't play very well tonight but it's true I'm through to the third round", Nadal said.

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