Nadal eases into third round in New York

On an historic night at Flushing Meadows, Rafael Nadal made light work of Andreas Seppi in a 6-0, 7-5, 6-1 victory in the second round of the US Open.

With the fourth seed having taken the opener 6-0 and with the pair tied at 3-3 in the second, rain began to fall, prompting the tournament director to call for the newly-built roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium to be closed for the first time.

The delay didn’t halt Nadal’s momentum, as he eased to victory in two hours and 17 minutes despite not being at his best.

The Spaniard hadn’t dropped a set against Seppi since 2008 and that didn’t look like it would change when Nadal stormed through the first set. Seppi provided more resistance in the second, but was broken when looking to force a tiebreaker. It was plain sailing from there on in for Nadal who capitalised on both break points that came is way in the third set.

Next up for Nadal is a clash with Russian Andrey Kuznetsov. 

Fifth seed Milos Raonic was a surprise casualty on Wednesday, with the Canadian beaten 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-5, 6-1 by American Ryan Harrison.

The Wimbledon finalist struggled physically and mentally in a clash he was expected to ease through, making a massive 62 unforced errors on his way to defeat.

Earlier in the day, top seed Novak Djokovic was handed a walkover when Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic was forced to withdraw from their match due to a left forearm injury.

Djokovic is joined in the third round by 2014 champion Marin Cilic, ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, tenth seed Gael Monfils, as well as home hopes John Isner and Jack Sock.