Federer, Nadal on Cruise Control at US Open
Posted on August 31, 2006
World No. 1 Roger Federer and No. 2 Rafael Nadal led a parade of top players into the second round Wednesday during a rain-backed-up schedule at the US Open, where fans were treated to a whopping 41 men's singles matches.
Federer made short work of Taipei's Yeu-Tzuoo "Jimmy" Wang, dropping only five games with a bagel in the third, while Nadal tamed the big-serving Aussie Mark Philippoussis 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
Philippoussis could not win a set off the world No. 2 despite 19 aces, 12 more winners than Nadal (but 25 more unforced errors), and winning 94 percent of his first serve points.
Other Top 10-seeded winners Wednesday were (4) David Nalbandian (d. Berrer from two sets down), (5) James Blake (d. Monaco), (7) Nikolay Davydenko (d. Delgado in four, bagel in the fourth), (9) Andy Roddick (d. Pless), and (10) Fernando "Gonzo" Gonzalez (d. Vanek).
Upsets on the day were orchestrated by former No. 1 Carlos Moya (d. (28) Calleri in four) and Poland's Lukasz Kubot (d. (32) Vliegen in five).
Advancing into the second round were additional seeded winners (12) Tomas Berdych (d. Pashanski), (14) Tommy Haas (d. Kuznetsov, bagel in the third), (15) Lleyton Hewitt (d. Montanes), (16) Juan Carlos Ferrero (d. Bastl in four), (17) Andy Murray (d. Kendrick in four), (18) Robby Ginepri (d. Benneteau in four), (21) Gaston Gaudio (d. Seppi), (22) Fernando "Hot Sauce" Verdasco (d. Santoro in four), (23) Dmitry Tursunov (d. Kunitsyn), (26) Olivier Rochus (d. Patience, bagel in the first), (27) Gael Monfils (d. Russell in four), (29) Jonas Bjorkman (d. Jenkins), and (30) Sebastien Grosjean (d. T.Johansson in five).
Murray drew a massive crowd out on Court 11 with spectators cueing in long lines to get a glimpse.
"I knew it was going to be difficult," Murray said of Kendrick. "Robert hits the ball pretty hard. He's got a big serve. He's pretty flashy, can hit some big winners. But if you can keep enough balls in court and deep he can get a bit impatient and start making mistakes. Kendrick goes for shots that are not really on. He can he can do it for a set, two sets but to keep it up over five sets is really difficult."
Four unseeded Americans moved into the second round in rookie Ryan Sweeting (d. Coria who retired with a hamstring injury), Paul Goldstein (d. Witten 6-1 in the fifth), up-and-comer Sam Querrey (d. Kohlschreiber), and rappin' author Vince Spadea (d. Muller).
Other unseeded winners were former No. 1 Marat Safin (d. Vik in four) and fellow Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili (d. Daniel in five), former multi-Wimbledon semifinalist Tim Henman (d. Brit countryman Rusedski), Czechs Jan Hernych (d. K.Kim in four) and Jan Hajek (d. Dlouhy), German Florian Mayer (d. Koubek), South African Wesley Moodie (d. Mirnyi in five), Colombian Alejandro Falla (d. Del Potro in four), Italian Alessio Di Mauro (d. Melzer in four), France's Paul-Henri Mathieu (d. Goodall in four), Marc Gicquel (d. C.Rochus) and Nicolas Mahut (d. Schuettler in four), Peru's Luis Horna (d. Garcia-Lopez), Dutchman "Everybody Loves" Raemon Sluiter (d. Odesnik), and Israel's Noam Okun (d. Starace in four, bagel in the second).
Highlights on court Thursday in Flushing Meadows are Agassi vs. (8) Baghdatis, (2) Nadal vs. Horna, (20) Djokovic vs. Fish, (15) Hewitt vs. Hernych, and (25) Gasquet vs. Simon in an all-French.