Rafael Nadal - US Open-2022

Rafael Nadal will make his 19th participation in this year's US Open

Rafael Nadal hasn't played the US Open since winning it in 2019

Rafael Nadal takes on Aussie wild card Rinky Hijikata

The wildcard was stoked : World No. 198 Rinky Hijikata wins the first set over Rafael Nadal, 6-4!

Rafael Nadal came back from a set down to beat Australia's Rinky Hijikata 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in the men's singles first round.

"Very happy, it's been a long wait," Nadal said, after winning his first match in this tournament since 2019.

Rafael Nadal - US Open-2022