Rafael Nadal & Carlos Alcaraz start title bids: US Open Day 2 preview | ATP Tour

The bottom half of US Open Draw kicks off Tuesday in New York, where Rafael Nadal and Carlo Alcaraz are among the stars of the first round action.

ATPTour.com looks at five things to see on Day 2 at Flushing Meadows.

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1) Nadal returns to NYC: The last time Nadal competed Arthur Ashe Stadium 2019 he defeated Daniel Medvedev in five sets to win his fourth US Open Crown. The Spaniard’s first task after a three-year absence is a first-round clash against the 21-year-old Rinky Hijikatathe Australian wildcard making her Grand Slam debut.

Nadal, currently No. 1 on the Pepperstone ATP Live rankings and on the hunt for his third Major crown in 2022, is happy to be back in New York after struggling with an abdominal problem that left him at just has limited a tournament appearance during the North American hard court swing.

“Of course, [I’m] I’m looking forward to playing here,” said the Spaniard at his pre-tournament press conference. “It is without a doubt one of the most important places in my tennis career. So just look for each and every workout to get better and better, just be competitive from the first lap. So, let’s see.”

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2) Alcaraz faces the Baez test: Starting with the schedule for day 2 Arthur Ashe Stadium is a delicious opening round matchup between third-placed Alcaraz and the free-battering 21-year-old Argentine Sebastian Bass.

Alcaraz settled quickly in the tournament debut US Open a year ago, worrying Stefanos Tsitsipas en route to his first major quarterfinals. The 19-year-old will be hoping for a quick start to his campaign against Baez as he adds a Grand Slam title to his stellar 2022 season, which saw him win four tour-level titles including two ATP Masters 1000 crowns. want to add triumph.

The pair’s only previous Tour-level clash was a semi-final win for Alcaraz in 2021 Intesa Sanpaolo Next Gen ATP Finalsbut Baez has since proven his ability to mix it up with the best at the Grand Slam level by pushing Alexander Zverev up to five sentences Roland Garros in May.

3) Home favorites to make an impact?: Eleven American men are in action on Day 2 at Flushing Meadows, where the experienced duo served big from John Isner and Sam Querrey hope to lead in their opening games against the prosecution Federico Delbonis and Ilya Ivashkarespectively.

An all-American clash between the 22nd seed Frances Tiafoe and Marco Giron means at least one home favorite is guaranteed to advance to the second round on Tuesday, while two of America’s tennis’ rising stars are also in action – the 21-year-old Jenson Brooksby meets Dusan Lajović and #NextGenATP Brandon Nakashima participate in the qualification Pavel Kotov.

4) Sinners & Musetti in action: No Italian has ever lifted that US Open trophy, but a host of talented stars from the southern European nation are trying to change that over the fortnight in New York. This includes the duo #NextGenATP Jannik sinner and Lorenzo Musettiwho go to court on Tuesday and are trying to join Countryman Matteo Berretini in the second round.

Despite his tender age, the 21-year-old Sinner has already reached the quarterfinals in the other three Grand Slam events and reached the fourth round in Flushing Meadows a year ago. The six-time tour-level champion is playing tournament debut Daniel Altmaierwhile the Hamburg champion Musetti competes against a more experienced opponent David Gofin.

5) Seeded stars seek quick start: Cameron Norrie enjoyed a Grand Slam breakthrough at Wimbledon in July, he reached the semifinals at SW19, having previously never progressed past the third round of a major. The seventh-place Brit will be hoping to continue that form in his opener in New York against the Frenchman over five sets Benoit Paire.

The eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz and ninth seed Andrei Rublev also launch their title bids, but both are initially subjected to rigorous testing in the Big Apple. Hurkacz scores Oscar Otte for the second time this year after the Pole won in three sets in the duel between the two in Indian Wells in March. Rublev takes over Laslo Djerethe Serb, who reached his first tour-level hard court final in Winston-Salem last week.

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