Tennis: Nadal sweeps through, Venus hits 60 in purple haze
NEW YORK (AFP) - Rafael Nadal took his 2013 hardcourt record to 16-0 on Monday as he swept into the US Open second round while Venus Williams celebrated her 60th major with purple hair and an equally striking win.
Nadal, the second seeded 2010 champion who watched the 2012 US Open from his home in Spain as he endured a seven-month injury layoff, breezed to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over American wildcard Ryan Harrison.
The 27-year-old Spaniard has captured nine trophies since his return from injury in February, building up a 54-3 record in the process, and he came into New York having won back-to-back Masters titles at Montreal and Cincinnati, comfortably erasing his shock first-round exit at Wimbledon.
"It's a special emotion to be back in New York. It's a special atmosphere," said Nadal, who next tackles either Canada's Vasek Pospisil or Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva.