Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka progressed to the second round of the ongoing US Open after winning their respective opening matches. Three-time champion Nadal hastily opened accounts at the tournament with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Australia's John Millman on Tuesday at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Spaniard improved to 15-0 in first-round matches in New York and 42-6 on the season with the triumph.
Nadal will next face another Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis who battled past Belarus' Ilya Ivashka 6-3, 7-6(8), 6-7(4), 6-2 in three hours and 48 minutes.
Meanwhile, in women's singles, defending champion Osaka overcame the second-set slump to take down the unseeded Anna Blinkova of Russia in three sets and advanced into the second round of the tournament. The victory didn't come easily, however, as the top seed had to dig deep to claim victory at 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2.
The Japanese will next face Poland's Magda Linette, who lifted her first career WTA trophy at the Bronx Open last weekend. Linette defeated Astra Sharma of Australia 6-3, 6-4 to advance to set up a clash against Osaka.