Rafael Nadal -02- (ESP) def John Millman -60- (AUS)
Match recap from Arthur Ashe Stadium announcer Andy Taylor...
Simply put, Rafael Nadal is not done. Whether at his Academy (which is hosting a Challenger event this week featuring Andy Murray) or on-the-road playing for thousands of adoring fans, every day remains loaded with intensity, focus and determination to improve. Like most who make sport a profession, he’s addicted to competition and the obsessive-compulsive control required to meet lofty expectation.
This year, the World #2 shattered Margaret Court’s long standing record of 11 Grand Slam titles at a single Major. Her 11 Australian Open victories have now been eclipsed by Nadal’s 12 titles at Roland Garros. Just a few weeks ago, he ballooned his Masters-1000 record, earning Masters title #35 in Toronto. Between Nadal, Federer and Djokovic – over the next few years the once impervious, hard-candied shells of tennis’ enduring accomplishments will continue to melt like Greenland.
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Round-1 Biography |  Rafael Nadal -02- (ESP)
Now an 18-time Major Champion, this 33-year-old is one of the greatest to ever play the game. This June at Roland Garros, he again defended his title, becoming the first player ever to win a Grand Slam tournament 12-times – surpassing Margaret Court’s long-standing record of 11 Australian Open victories. A 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist and 4-time Davis Cup Champion – with his US Open Series victory in Montreal this Summer, he now owns a record 35 ATP Masters-1000 titles and 83 career Singles titles in all. And it was here in 2010, at just 24-years-old, he became only the 7th man in tennis history – and youngest in the Open era – to earn the career Grand Slam. From Mallorca, Spain – Please welcome 3-time US Open Champion Rafael Nadal.
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Round-1 Biography | John Millman -60- (AUS)
At 30-years-old, he’s earned some of the biggest wins of his career at the US Open. Last year – right here in Arthur Ashe Stadium – he upset 5-time US Open Champion Roger Federer to reach his first Grand Slam Quarterfinal. In 2017, he came into New York ranked outside the top-200, and won his first US Open main-draw match by upsetting World #17 Nick Kyrgios. Ranked as high as World #33, he owns 11 ATP Challenger Tour Singles titles – and at the Summer Games in Rio, became the first player in Olympic history to defeat an opponent 6-0 6-0. Competing in his 5th US Open – From Australia, please welcome John Millman.
Head to Head
Before tonight, these two played once before, 2-years-ago in Wimbledon’s 1st-Round. Rafael Nadal won that match in 3-sets.