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Rafael Nadal tops teen Borna Coric in U.S. Open's first round

Rafael Nadal celebrates a point in the fourth

Rafael Nadal celebrates a point in the fourth set against Borna Coric during their men's singles first-round match on Day 1 of the 2015 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 in Queens. Credit: Getty Images / Clive Brunskill

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.

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.

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.

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