Nadal Advances; Blake v Fish at US Open
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal eased into the third round Thursday at the US Open, dispatching of rookie 24-year-old Ryler De Heart 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
Nadal will next face Viktor Troicki, who advanced when No. 25 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber retired with an injury in the fourth set.
Other Top 10-seeded winners on the day were (4) David Ferrer (d. Andreas Beck in four), (6) Andy Murray (d. Michael Llodra in four), (7) David Nalbandian (d. Andrey Golubev), (9) James Blake (d. Steve Darcis who retired with a back injury), and (10) Stan Wawrinka (d. Wayne Odesnik).
“It was a tough match,” Murray said. “[Llodra] moves really good up at the net, doesn’t give you a lot of rhythm. There’s very few guys that play that well up at the net.”
Other seeded winners were (14) Ivo Karlovic (d. Florent Serra), (16) Gilles Simon (d. Jose Acasuso), (17) Juan Martin Del Potro (d. Thomaz Bellucci in four), and (32) Gael Monfils (d. Evgeny Korolev).
Also advancing of note were Mardy Fish who will next face close friend James Blake; Sam Querrey, and Japanese sensation Kei Nishikori who benefited from a retirement by Roko Karanusic.
“I wasn’t playing well today,” Nishikori said. “But he retired, and I was just lucky.”
Highlights Friday at the US Open are (2) Roger Federer vs. Thiago Alves, (3) Novak Djokovic vs. Robert Kendrick, (8) Andy Roddick vs. Ernests Gulbis, (11) Fernando Gonzalez vs. Bobby Reynolds, (15) Tommy Robredo vs. Marat Safin, (30) Marin Cilic vs. Robby Ginepri, (19) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Carlos Moya, Tommy Haas vs. Gilles Muller, and (18) Nicolas Almagro vs. Sam Warburg.
Coin-Operated Exit for World No. 1 Ivanovic at US Open
No. 188-ranked qualifier Julie Coin of France shocked world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 Thursday at the US Open, sidelining the confidence-challenged Serb who in her last event pulled out of the Beijing Olympics with a thumb injury.
“If you would ask if I’m playing like a No. 1, no,” Ivanovic said. “Obviously, it was very hard.”
Coin was thankful for Ivanovic’s sporadic play.
“She made a lot of errors from both sides, but I think more with her forehand,” Coin said. “I didn’t think she moved too well either. Well, she didn’t have really like one big shot today, but the big thing was she made a lot of errors during the match. So I got a lot of free points.”
Ivanovic had no aces to eight double faults, throwing in 34 unforced errors to Coin’s 27, and converting on only one of eight break point chances.
Two other seeds exited when Tathiana Garbin outlasted (13) Agnes Szavay 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, and France’s Severine Bremond continued (20) Nicole Vaidisova’s downward spiral with a 7-5, 6-3 upset.
Top 10-seeded winners on the day were (4) Serena Williams (d. Elena Vesnina), (6) Dinara Safina (d. Roberta Vinci), (7) Venus Williams (d. Rossana de los Rios, bagel in the first), and (9) Agnieszka Radwanska (d. Mariana Duque Marino, bagel in the first).
“I just had a lot more power than she did today,” Williams said of Rossano de los Rios.
Other seeds advancing were (16) Flavia Pennetta (d. Shuai Peng in three), (17) Alize Cornet (d. Bethanie Mattek), (18) Dominika Cibulkova (d. Ioana Ralucca), (19) Nadia Petrova (d. Su-Wei Hsieh), (27) Alona Bondarenko (d. Sabine Lisicki in three), (30) Ai Sugiyama (d. Olga Govortsova from a set down), and (32) Amelie Mauresmo (d. Kaia Kanepi, bagel in the third).
Friday’s highlights in Flushing Meadows are (2) Jelena Jankovic vs. Jie Zheng, (23) Lindsay Davenport vs. (12) Marion Bartoli, (3) Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. (28) Katarina Srebotnik, and (14) Victoria Azarenka vs. (21) Caroline Wozniacki.
TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
Ivo Karlovic slammed a tournament-high 42 aces Thursday in a three-set win over Florent Serra…Winner of 21 straight matches, Juan Martin Del Potro has a 136mph serve this week, fastest of anyone from South America at the US Open…British singles players are undefeated at the US Open…Anna Groenefeld has hit a 128-mph serve at the US Open. In two wins she’s only lost four points on her first serve…Agustin Calleri did not drop a point on his first serve in the first round…Lindsay Davenport is likely participating in her last US Open, taking in the sights by playing singles, doubles and mixed doubles, even though she is coming off injury at the Beijing Olympics…Nine-time Grand Slam champion Monica Seles, French Open winner Andres Gimeno, and tennis leaders Donald Dell, Dr. Robert Johnson and Eiichi Kawatei are on the latest Tennis Hall of Fame ballot…Marat Safin was fined $2,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct during his first-round win over Vince Spadea…U.S. Davis Cup Captain Patrick McEnroe announced that Austin Krajicek, Scoville Jenkins, and Jesse Levine have been named as practice partners for the U.S. Davis Cup team that will face Spain on Sept. 19-21 in Madrid…Roger Federer has won 28 straight matches in New York…Andy Roddick and Ernest Gulbis were born on the same day, Aug. 30. Roddick turns 26, 20 for Gulbis.
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