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No Problems For Nadal, Spaniard Cruises Past American Harrison

Nadal Is 16-0 On Hard Courts This Year
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating Ryan Harrison of the United States during their first round men's singles match on Day One of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2013 in the Flushing neigborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating Ryan Harrison of the United States during their first round men’s singles match on Day One of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 26, 2013 in the Flushing neigborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Rafael Nadal looked quite comfortable in his return to the U.S. Open, beating American Ryan Harrison in straight sets.

The second-seeded Spaniard won 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round Monday. Nadal, the 2010 champion, skipped last year’s US Open because of a left knee injury. He was playing his first Grand Slam match since an opening-round loss at Wimbledon.

Nadal improved to 16-0 on hard courts this year. The 21-year-old Harrison is 0-20 against top-10 opponents.

Both players had 28 winners, but the 97th-ranked Harrison had made 34 unforced errors to 21 for Nadal. The 12-time major champion pounced on Harrison’s second serve, winning 71 percent of the points on it. And with Harrison getting in just 62 percent of his first serves, Nadal had plenty of chances to break.

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