Rafael Nadal managed to win his first U.S. Open match since 2013, despite dropping a set along the way.

Nadal, who collected two of his 14 Grand Slam titles at Flushing Meadows, moved into the second round with a 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory over 18-year-old Borna Coric of Croatia in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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The eighth-seeded Nadal missed last year's U.S. Open because of a right wrist injury. He won the tournament in 2010 and 2013.

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Coric, ranked 33rd, is the youngest member of the ATP's top 50. He had won his only previous matchup with Nadal, which came last year.