World number one Rafael Nadal beat Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 6-2 to reach the second round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.
Nadal will face Japan’s Taro Daniel or American Tommy Paul next.
Earlier this year, Lajovic broke eventual champion Roger Federer at the first opportunity in their second-round meeting at Wimbledon on his way to losing an opening-set tie-break and the match.
Once again, the 27-year-old’s best work came early as he matched Nadal for much of the first set .
But his first-serve percentage (83%) and the rate of winners (nine) both dropped substantially over the next two as Nadal’s class showed.
Reference : International Newspapers