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Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal raced away with the first seven games of the match to set up a routine straight-sets victory over Italian veteran Andreas Seppi in the second round of the US Open.

Nadal's 6-0, 7-5, 6-1 win was also marked by the historic closure of the retractable roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium for the first time in match play at Flushing Meadows in New York on Wednesday.

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American qualifier Ryan Harrison has pulled off the biggest upset so far at the ongoing US Open, stunning fifth-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 7-5, 6-1 in second-round tennis action.

Raonic appeared to be in total control when he went up a break in the third set, but leg cramps began severely hampering his movement and allowed Harrison to climb back into the match on Wednesday.

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nadalSpanish great Rafael Nadal cruised to victory in his first round match against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin at the US Open yesterday. The Spaniard dominated his match against Istomin, vanquishing him in three straight sets 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.

Nadal was assured and focused throughout the 126 minute match, consistently placing his shots well against an opponent who he has beaten plenty of times in the past.

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Two of the greatest European players of all time have thrown down the gauntlet to the rest of the world by committing to play in the inaugural Laver Cup.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will represent Europe as part of a six-man team to be captained by 11-time Grand Slam champion Bjorn Borg, competing against The World team led by seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe. 

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Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal (ESP) will commence his season in Australia for the first time when he joins the field at Brisbane International presented by Suncorp this summer.

The Spanish ace has traditionally favoured the Middle East to start his new year campaign, but will break with tradition in January for his maiden appearance in the Sunshine State.

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Andy Murray and Milos Raonic survived a day of upsets galore at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati while the rest of the draw was largely obliterated. Murray picked up an easy 6-3, 6-2 win against South Africa's Kevin Anderson, while Raonic dropped the second set while conceding breadsticks in the other two as he beat Japanese qualifier Sugita.

There was no such joy though for the likes of Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as 5 of the top 7 seeds all went out on the same day.

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The Spanish pairing of Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez edged past Canada's Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (1), 7-6 (4) to reach the men's doubles final at the Rio Olympics. It was an emotional victory that moved the 14-time Grand Slam champion to tears here on Thursday.

Nadal, whose participation in these Games was in doubt until shortly before the opening ceremony, decided after seven straight victories over two events that he needed to give his body a rest and withdrew from the mixed doubles, which got under way on Thursday.

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