Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal’s first match since capturing the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics was hardly a cakewalk.Bjorn Phau, a German qualifier ranked No. 136, gave the world’s No. 1 player all he could handle before Nadal pulled out a 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (4) first-round U.S. Open victory in 2 hours, 59 minutes on the Arthur Ashe Stadium Court.
“I didn’t play with the normal intensity that I play with,” said the 22-year-old Nadal, who made 35 unforced errors and hit 37 winners. “The important thing is finally win. I know I am playing well because I did play very well the last few months. Probably I am tired.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.