Nadal had a career-best hard-court match win streak to 16 straight matches as he defeated American player Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the US Open.
""I am playing well. Happy the way I was playing. I don't know if it was the best or not, but it was very good because I was able to win," Nadal said to the reporters after the match.
This victory in US Open marked the first for second-seeded Nadal on any Grand Slam surface other than clay since the first round of Wimbledon 2012.
Since then the former champion has fallen to Lukas Rosol at the All England Club, withdrawn from the 2012 US Open because of knee injury and in 2013 Australian Open also withdrawn the match due to stomach ailment, won the French Open and in the recently held Wimbledon 2013 he was defeated by 135th-ranked Steve Darcis in the first round.
In New York
Serena Williams, of the United States, returns against Francesca Schiavone, of Italy, during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug.
Rafael Nadal, of Spain
Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Ryan Harrison during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament Monday, Aug.
Maria Sharapova, of Russia
Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Melinda Czink, of Hungary, at the 2012 US Open Tennis tournament in New York. Sharapova pulled out of the U.S. Open on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, because of a right shoulder injury.
Marion Bartoli, of France
Marion Bartoli, of France, answers questions about her abrupt decision to retire from the tennis during a news conference at a hotel, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in New York, one day before the beginning of the U.S. Open tennis tournament.
(with agency inputs)