Rafael Nadal: 'New York return is special'

Rafael Nadal celebrates his win over Jerzy Janowicz during the Rogers Cup on August 8, 2013
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Rafael Nadal says that he is happy to return to the US Open having missed the 2012 Grand Slam through injury.

World number two Rafael Nadal has expressed his happiness at returning to New York for the US Open.

The Spaniard booked his place in the second round at Flushing Meadows with a 6-4 6-2 6-2 victory over Ryan Harrison on Monday.

Having missed the 2012 tournament through injury, Nadal admits that he is delighted to be back in action in the United States of America.

"It's a special emotion to be back in New York. It's a special atmosphere," AFP quotes Nadal as saying.

"I was nervous before the start, but I hope to have these nerves again in the future if it means I win."

Nadal will meet either Canada's Vasek Pospisil or Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva in the second round.

Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning a point against John Isner during the men's final of the Western & Southern Open on August 18, 2013
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2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
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13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
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17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
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19United States John Isner2,110
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