Rafael Nadal wins US Open final to become first man to win four consecutive US Open titles since Pete Sampras

Rafael Nadal drops first set but rallies to defeat Rinky Hijikata at US Open

Rafael Nadal dropped his first set in his bid to become the first man to win four consecutive US open titles since Pete Sampras.

Nadal overcame an early double fault from Rinky Hijikata in the seventh game of the fourth set in the final of the Rogers Cup on Wednesday and came through unscathed to take the first major scalp of his 2016.

He was leading 4-3, 5-3 in the tie-break with an ace to go with two aces and five unforced errors.

Nadal’s run of form continued with a 6-1 6-0 4-6 7-5 victory over Hijikata to reach the sixth US Open final in the Open era.

The Spaniard is now 4-2 in US Open final and is bidding to become the first man since Pete Sampras to win four straight US Open titles.

The Spaniard’s only victory at the US Open came in 2011 when he beat Andy Murray in the final to win his first major.

He also holds the record for the most unforced errors in a US Open final, with 41 against Jiri Novak in the 2017.

The 29-year-old Hijikata, who is ranked fourth in the world and was at one stage ranked in the top 10, had saved two match points in the opening set.

He ended up winning the first set 25-24.

Nadal made a double fault in the ninth game of the second set but managed to hold off a break back.

The third set was the Spaniard’s biggest challenge after he fell behind in the sets with an early double fault from Hijikata.

Nadal broke the Spaniard back and from there, the pair battled to win the set to take a set off the

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