After losing the first game, Rafael Nadal was able to rally and defeat Rinky Hijikata in the No. 2 seed's first match in the US Open on Tuesday night.

Slow out of the gates, Nadal stormed back, amusing of live fans in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Rafael Nadal

Nadal's 4-6, 6-2 winning streak ended with Nadal defeating Hijikata in a brutal match that included five points for match play.

Nadal didn't show any lasting effects from the abdominal muscle strain which forced Nadal, a tennis legend and 22-time

Grand Slam champion to pull out of Wimbledon prior to his scheduled time to compete in the semi-finals. This does not count as a loss because Nadal didn't play in the match.

"I went through this tough moment but then I think I played better, no?" Nadal inquired reporters during his press conference following the match. "Of course, was not perfect, but yeah, happy."

Following the postmatch handshake Nadal was clearly happy and exuberant Nadal expressed his emotions by pumping his fists

and waved to the crowd following his improvement to 16-0 during the first round of the US Open.

Rafael Nadal

Very happy, it's been a long wait,". "I felt that maybe I wouldn't be back here again ... so, thank you, everyone.

earlier in the day Carlos Alcaraz entered the second round after Carlos Alcaraz was forced by his opponent to end the match due to injuries in the 3rd set.

Alcaraz The No. 3 seed, dominated Sebastian Baez 7-5 7-5, 2-0, when the Argentine player announced that he was unable to continue because of leg cramps or pain.