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Nadal faces Daniel for first time at US Open

Nadal faces Daniel for first time at US Open

It also will be played at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The 25-year-old from Czech Republic, Pliskova, the runner-up in 2016, eased past Poland's Magda Linette 6-2, 6-1 on the back of eight aces and 29 winners.

"When I was down in the first set, I just tried to be there as he was playing well and controlling the points", said French Open champion Nadal, who is chasing a 16th major.

"My hope and my belief is that it's only going to get better from here because every day that goes by puts me further away from what happened in Montreal".

"It wasn't always like this", the Swiss player said. But remember: Federer did not drop a single set en route to his record eighth Wimbledon championship in July.

"First two matches have been, of course, not great, but I am in third round". "They play flat. It's really tough for me to turn the defense what they push you into offense".

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Youzhny won the first set of that clash but lost the match and it's been a familiar tale of woe ever since. I think there's a lot of positives for me to look at, that I can come through a five-setter with the preparation that I had.

"I'm obviously disappointed with the outcome today, but I do like the trend that it seems the more I'm on court with players in the Top 10 at the top of the game", Gibbs explained.

Nadal has won his past 11 second-round matches at Flushing Meadows after losing in first two appearances at that stage back in 2003 and 2004. Finally, Youzhny shanked a ball that soared high and improbably plopped in, and Federer thwacked it out of the Russian's reach to seal the match. That's less than ideal for the 36-year-old, who advances to face the Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. Unsurprisingly, the 19-time Grand Slam champion scoffed at such a notion.

In the fourth set, Daniel's fifth double fault handed Nadal a break and a 3-2 edge and the top seed broke again with a forehand victor in the seventh game, then denied Daniel on two break points in holding serve to advance. I knew I was going to maybe struggle early on, maybe I struggled more than I would have liked to. I still believe that. But I'm still in the draw, which gives me a chance.

The top seed was certainly more impressive than Federer, with his forehand warming up nicely as the match went on, but the feeling remains that this is the most open men's grand slam in years.


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