A standard opening for the men’s seeds on Day One at the US Open, where No. 3 Roger Federer, No. 7 Gael Monfils, No. 8 Mardy Fish and No. 9 Tomas Berdych all advanced in straight sets.
Federer defeated Santiago Giraldo in the late night match, while Monfils beat Grigor Dimitrov, Fish topped Tobias Kamke, and Berdych beat Romain Jouan.
“It was a good workout,” said Federer in his best not-condescending-but-kinda-condescending fashion after the straight-set win.
American hope Ryan Harrison had his chances against No. 27 seed Marin Cilic, but failed to serve out leads in the second and third sets in dropping a straight-set encounter.
“I felt terrible from the first point till the last point the way I was hitting ball,” Harrison said. “So to think that I served for two sets against a guy who is such an established player as him, there are a lot of positives I can take from it…I didn’t break any racquets; I didn’t say swearwords on court. It could have gotten better and I could have been better. I didn’t really go nuts.”
No. 29 Michael Llodra of France was the lone seed to struggle to a win, defeating Romanian Victor Hanescu from 1-2 sets down.
Colombian Alejandro Falla orchestrated the lone seeded upset on the day, topping No. 15 Viktor Troicki 7-5 in the fifth.
Highlights of all-unseeded play were “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic beating Fernando “Gonzo” Gonzalez in straights, joining winners Juan Carlos Ferrero, Bernard Tomic and Tommy Haas.
Highlights on the men’s side Tuesday are (1) Novak Djokovic vs. Ireland’s Conor Niland, Andrey Golubev vs. (2) Rafael Nadal, (5) David Ferrer vs. Igor Andreev, (11) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Taipei’s tough Yen-Hsun Lu, Jarkko Nieminen vs. (19) Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, (16) Mikhail Youzhny vs. Ernests Gulbis, and Nikolay Davydenko vs. (32) Ivan Dodig.
TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
Petra Kvitova becomes the first female in the Open Era to win Wimbledon then lose first round at the US Open. Don’t feel bad Petra, Roger Federer had a tough go in NY after winning his first Wimbledon… Serena Williams is 44-0 in Grand Slam first round matches…Novak Djokovic really recovers in a $75,000 hyperbolic chamber? Weirdo…Djokovic’s 29-year-old Irish opponent, Conor Niland, has never won a career Grand Slam match…Novak is playing his first career Grand Slam as a No. 1 seed and a favorite…Andrey Golubev has lost seven straight Grand Slam matches…Sania Mirza has never lost to Shahar Peer (4-0)…Happy birthday to Ernests Gulbis (23) and Juan Ignacio Chela (32). Gulbis is on an 8-match Grand Slam losing streak. Ouch. But he’s won 4 straight sets over Youzhny…Lukas Lacko has more career Grand Slam wins than Donald Young, 3-2…Good news/bad news for Caroline Wozniacki. Her new boyfriend Rory McIlroy has left for Europe and won’t be with the Dane in New York…Three Japanese players retired today. Doi, Morita and Nishikori. Strange…What are the odds Victoria Azarenka retires from her match today? The fragile Belarussian has been fighting a hand injury…Li Na has lost first round at 11 tournaments this year. If that sounds like a lot it’s because it is…Francesca Schiavone is player her 45th straight Grand Slam…Amazingly, Svetlana Kuznetsova hasn’t lost first round at a Slam since 2005 US Open…Heralded youngsters Ryan Harrison and Grigor Dimitrov didn’t win a set today in losses to Marin Cilic and Gael Monfils….Dallas champ Sabine Lisicki is 22-4 since the French Open…Serena Williams has won 12 straight matches and on hardcourt she’s won 26 of her last 27…Only two seeds have lost thus far, #5 Petra Kvitova and #15 Viktor Troicki who blew another 2-1 set lead in the first round of the US Open.
Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 Start Time
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) v. Johanna Larsson (SWE)
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) v. Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP)
Novak Djokovic (SRB) v. Conor Niland (IRL)
Arthur Ashe Stadium 19:00 Start Time
Andrey Golubev (KAZ) v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) v. Serena Williams (USA)
Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 Start Time
David Ferrer (ESP) v. Igor Andreev (RUS)
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) v. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
Simona Halep (ROU) v. Na Li (CHN)
James Blake (USA) v. Jesse Huta Galung (NED)
Grandstand 11:00 Start Time
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) v. Alison Riske (USA)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) v. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
This match may be moved to Ashe Stadium
Ksenia Pervak (RUS) v. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
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