Rafael Nadal marks his US Open return when he faces Australian qualifier Rinky Hijikata at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday. The…
Rafael Nadal marks his US Open return when he faces Australian qualifier Rinky Hijikata at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday.
The 22-time major champion is back in New York for the first time since 2019, when he claimed his fourth title on Arthur Ashe.
Nadal also returns in a Grand Slam tournament, having withdrawn from his scheduled Wimbledon semi-final with Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal injury.
The Spaniard, who has already captured the Australian Open and French Open crowns, now looks to extend his perfect record in majors this year, having gone 19-0 so far.
And the 36-year-old is aiming to become only the fourth male player of the Open Era to triumph five times in the Big Apple after Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.
Although, he suffered a first-round exit in Cincinnati earlier this month, and that will encourage Slam main-draw debutant Hijikata in his quest to claim an incredible scalp.
Nadal’s compatriot Carlos Alcaraz is targeting another strong run in the Big Apple, where he made his breakthrough by reaching the quarter-finals last year.
The third seed, who has four titles to his name this season, takes on Argentina’s Sebastian Baez, while Wimbledon semi-finalist Cameron Norrie goes up against Benoit Paire.
Top seed Iga Swiatek begins her quest for a seventh trophy of a remarkable year with a tricky test against world number 56 Jasmine Paolini.
Swiatek embarked on incredible 37-match unbeaten streak that was ended at Wimbledon by Alize Cornet, who is set to appear in a record-breaking 63rd consecutive Grand Slam.
The Frenchwoman would love to mark the occasion by abruptly ended the title defence of reigning champion Emma Raducanu, who looks to successfully retain the crown she won in fairytale fashion 12 months ago.
Elsewhere, two-time champion Naomi Osaka takes on home favourite Danielle Collins, while Venus Williams’ 91st major appearance begins against Alison Van Uytvanck.
Marin Cilic – a winner here in 2014 – plays Maximilian Marterer, as Cincinnati champion Borna Coric looks to build on that momentum against Enzo Couacaud.
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US Open 2022 Day Two Schedule
Tuesday August 30
ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM
Sebastian Baez v Carlos Alcaraz (3)
Alison Van Uytvanck v Venus Williams
Rinky Hijikata v Rafael Nadal (2)
Naomi Osaka v Danielle Collins (19)
LOUIS ARMSTRONG STADIUM
Iga Swiatek (1) v Jasmine Paolini
Greet Minnen v Sloane Stephens
Daniel Altmeier v Jannik Sinner (11)
Emma Raducanu (11) v Alize Cornet
Diego Schwartzman (14) v Jack Sock
Viktorija Golubic v Jessica Pegula (8)
John Isner v Federico Delbonis
Marin Cilic (15) v Maximilian Marterer
Amanda Anisimova (24) v Yulia Putintseva
Qinwen Zheng v Jelena Ostapenko (16)
Peter Gojowczyk v Holger Rune (28)
Norbert Gombos v Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Mayar Sherif v Marta Kostyuk
Garbine Muguruza (9) v Clara Tauson
Laslo Djere v Andrey Rublev (9)
Hubert Hurkacz (8) v Oscar Otte
Ashlyn Krueger v Victoria Azarenka (26)
Karolina Pliskova (22) v Magda Linette
Tallon Griekspoor v Federico Coria
Jenson Brooksby v Dusan Lajovic
Kaja Juvan v Cristian Bucsa
Joao Sousa v Mackenzie McDonald
Andrea Petkovic v Belinda Bencic (13)
Sam Querrey v Ilya Ivashka
Peyton Stearns v Ekaterina Alexandrova (28)
Marie Bouzkova v Linda Noskova
Miomir Kecmanovic (32) v Learner Tien
Adrian Mannarino v Gijs Brouwer
Linda Fruhvirtova v Xinyu Wang
James Duckworth v Christopher O’Connell
Yue Yuan v Jaimee Fourlis
Alexei Popyrin v Chun-hsin Tseng
Catherine Harrison v Aryna Sabalenka (6)
Jiri Vesely v Daniel Evans (20)
Lauren Davis v Lucia Bronzetti
Denis Shapovalov (19) v Marc-Andrea Huesler
Cameron Norrie (7) v Benoit Paire
Bernarda Para v Anhelina Kalinina
Borna Coric (25) v Enzo Couacaud
Taylor Townsend v Katerina Siniakova
Brandon Nakashima v Pavel Kotov
Elena Rybakina (25) v Clara Burel
David Goffin v Lorenzo Musetti (26)
Sofia Kenin v Jule Niemeier
Laura Siegemund v Sorana Cirstea
Claire Liu v Anastasia Potapova
Pedro Martinez v Christopher Eubanks
Fabio Fognini v Aslan Karatsev
Kaia Kanepi v Tereza Martincova
Fernando Verdasco v Soonwoo Kwon
Elise Mertens (32) v Irina-Camelia Begu
Jaume Munar v Roberto Carballes Baena
Taro Daniel v Richard Gasquet
Elisabetta Cocciaretto v Aliaksandra Sasnovich
Varvara Gracheva v Petra Martic
Jason Kubler v Mikael Ymer
Grigor Dimitrov (17) v Steve Johnson
Erika Andreeva v Petra Kvitova (21)
Paula Badosa (4) v Lesia Tsurenko
Marcos Giron v Frances Tiafoe (22)