Defending R-up Nishikori, Lots o’ Women Seeds Out Day 1 at US Open
by Staff | August 31st, 2015, 11:42 pm
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Kei Nishikori, who has struggled with hip problems this summer, made a quick exit from the US Open on Monday. The defending runner-up and No. 4 seed fell to France’s Benoit Paire 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4.


It was Paire’s first Top 10 win in nine tries.

“It’s always very sad to lose in the first round, but I think he was playing good tennis,” said Nishikori, who looked sluggish toward the end of the match. “I don’t think I played badly. Didn’t play great, but still, it’s never easy first match. He’s a good player. I will try to think about the next one, and I hope I can come back strong next year.”

The other lone upset winner Monday was the Ukraine’s Illya Marchenko who advanced when No. 16 Gael Monfils retired after a fall on court at 2-6, 6-4, 5-0.

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic had no opening-round jitters in steamrolling Brazil’s Joao Souza 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.

“I lost three games the entire match against a player I never played against before,” Djokovic said. “Can always be tricky because you’re approaching the match without really knowing how he’s going to react. First time playing on Arthur Ashe Stadium. The experience of playing in that stadium before many times has helped me to kind of step it up and execute my game plan and be aggressive. I think I’ve done great from the first to last point. Everything worked well.”

Other Top 10-seeded victors were No. 7 David Ferrer coming from a set down to beat Moldova’s Radu Albot 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, 6-0; No. 8 Rafael Nadal beating Borna Coric in the late match 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4; No. 9 and defending champ Marin Cilic topping Argentine Guido Pella 6-3, 7-6(3), 7-6(3); and No. 10 Milos Raonic serving past American Tim Smyczek 6-4, 7-6(8), 6-1.

“Even before last year, in the past years I was always playing pretty well and reached few times quarterfinals [at the US Open],” Cilic said. “Even in those matches had some chances. Close to making it to the semis. Coming this year again is definitely very special moment for me in my whole career.”

Nadal had lost to Coric last year.

“I got a little bit tired, the conditions here were very humid,” Nadal said. “I was able to play great again in the fourth and serve well in the fourth.”

Lower-seeded winners into the second round were No. 14 David Goffin, No. 17 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 18 Feliciano Lopez, No. 19 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 23 Roberto Bautista Agut, No. 25 Andreas Seppi, No. 26 Tommy Robredo, No. 27 Jeremy Chardy, and No. 32 Fabio Fognini.

Unseeded winners of note into the second round were Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco beating former world No. 2 Tommy Haas 6-1 in the fifth, and Mardy Fish in his last US Open defeating Italian Marco Cecchinato from a set down.

“You need is a lot of matches to get match fit, especially when you’ve been out for over a year again,” said Haas, who earlier said it might be his last US Open. “Certainly try to get that, but wasn’t too successful in the past two weeks of doing that. Then, yeah, lost a lot of gas there obviously. Mid, end of the fourth set showed unfortunately as well. Tough to compete that way.”

Carnage reigned on the women’s side of Day One at the US Open on Monday as three Top 10 seeds, of six seeds in all, made their exits, including two former No. 1s and a former world No. 2.

Top 10 seeds checking the outbound flights at LaGuardia were No. 7 Ana Ivanovic, outlasted 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 by Slovak Dominika Cibulkova; No. 8 Karolina Pliskova routed by American Anna Tatishvili 6-2, 6-1; and No. 10 Carla Suarez Navarro defeated 6-1, 7-6(5) by unheralded Czech Denisa Allertova.

“Today, I knew my game was there and I just had to go out here and play,” said Cibulkova who had Achilles surgery earlier in the year. “You have many thoughts during the match and I just had to stay tough and I knew I’d have to do it — she wouldn’t give me one ball.”

Other seeded upsets included France’s Oceane Dodin coming from a set down to beat No. 21 Jelena Jankovic 2-6, 7-5, 6-3; American CoCo Vandeweghe overpowering fellow American and No. 29 seed Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-3; and France’s Kristina Mladenovic downing No. 30 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 7-5.

Vandeweghe did not drop serve the entire match against Stephens.

“I thought I kept my intensity up really well,” Vandeweghe said. “I thought I was very focused through the whole match. I thought I kept the pressure on, and Sloane definitely made me play. My goal going into the match was to keep my intensity up and also keep my hustle up. Running down extra balls, making her play again, and actually making her worry that I was making her play that extra ball when I could.”

Out of the carnage comes the incredible opening of the draw for world No. 1 Serena Williams, even after the withdrawal of Maria Sharapova.

Williams on Monday routed injured Russian Vitalia Diatchenko 6-0, 2-0, ret., and saw a potential threat in Stephens removed from her path. Williams will next face Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens.

“Sloane played CoCo, who is a fire player, and that is not an easy match,” Serena said. “Yeah, that’s just not an easy match. I can’t say it’s surprising. CoCo, she’s a really good player. We’ve had a lot of tough matches together. When she’s on, she can really take out a lot of people.”

Every other Top 10 seed in action lost on Monday, but seeded winners joining Serena in the second round were No. 12 Belinda Bencic, No. 13 Ekaterina Makarova, No. 15 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 17 Elina Svitolina, No. 19 Madison Keys, No. 25 Eugenie Bouchard, No. 23 Venus Williams who beat Monica Puig in three, and No. 31 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

“The first round, you don’t want to play your best tennis there, but you do want to play well,” Venus said after outlasting Puig. “I think by the time I got to the third set I was able to clean my game up a little bit. Give her a lot of credit, too. She had a lot of great shots at the right moments, so she’s a really good competitor.”

Highlights of Tuesday in Flushing Meadows include (4) Caroline Wozniacki vs. NCAA stud Jamie Loeb, (2) Roger Federer vs. Leonardo Mayer, (3) Andy Murray vs. bad boy Nick Kyrgios, (11) Gilles Simon vs. Donald Young, (22) Viktor Troicki vs. Frances Tiafoe, and (12) Richard Gasquet vs. Thanasi Kokkinakis.


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120 Comments for Defending R-up Nishikori, Lots o’ Women Seeds Out Day 1 at US Open

Michael Says:

Well, what many thought might be an upset has not turned out to be with Rafa coming through against the dangerous Coric. It was a match in which I think Rafa served extremely well and had a good first serve percentage. He should have closed out the match in straight sets, but at 4-5, he made two double faults which proved too costly and cost him the set. Relievingly, this didn’t seem to upset his momentum in the fourth and he came through despite the doggedness of Coric who is still inexperienced despite his aggressive brand of Tennis and was not able to pin down Rafa in his back hand end which is considered to be his weak link.

Yet, Rafa has more challenges coming his way before he meets Novak in the quarters !!


jalep Says:

For anyone interested in an insightful take on the Kei Nishikoro v Benoit Paire match. Sad for Kei but he’s very good at regrouping after a loss.

Great performance and win for Benoit Paire.

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2015/08/kei-od/56096/#.VeUrcyVVikp


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Rafa looked great: he has real fire in his eyes, he looks physically like he’s in amazing shape. He had a real bounce in his step, and this translated in his first serve.

His first serve was excellent, but it also hid his big weakness. Coric had great success against the second serve. I’m not trying to be a nervous nellie, but against a great returner like Nvak (well, the BEST returner), Rafa will either have to go for more on his first (which will lower his % and give Novak more 2nds), or accept a lower winning % on those first serves as well.

Secondly, Rafa’s court positioning was excellent, and this allowed him to go for a lot of winners, and control play the way he used to. For those looking for more offence, he brought it here and was also fantastic at the net, though he didn’t use that advantage much.

However, watching his rallies, when he’s not going for the winner, he’s dropping a lot of balls short, around the service line, and this will get him into trouble against a great player.

Coric may be a great hope, but he is NOT a great player yet, ranked 33.

Very positive start for Rafa, but he’ll need to make some tangible improvements to compete in the second week. I came in with the thought that Rafa had zero chance in this tourney, and after seeing this, just on attitude alone, I’d say Rafa could become a dark horse.

Don’t forget, Rafa won the last time he played here!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Tennis Vagabond thanks for that post,i didnt actually see the match as it was on in the middle of the night where i am,im glad most of it was postive,the thing is for me lately as a fan is not knowing what to expect from one day to the next with Rafa,playing great in one match playing crap in the next,i have no unrealistic expectations/asperations about him winning the title,and not even thinking about Novak,but its a start….


brando Says:

Did not watch the match but glad to hear rafa had a aggression fused approach. A live by the sword and die by the sword approach. As he should. Rafa got nada to lose here. No one with intelligence expects anything from here due to good reasons: so why not have some fun? They expect you to lose, you do too: so why not go down swinging? Get in the opponents face? Bring the fight to them rather than be passive and get dictated too. I saw some highlights and I liked even his misses since damn it: he went for a aggressive shot. He should stick to this approach: win or lose, atleast he’s in control of himself, his mind. He’s out there with intent as opposed to possesed with fear. Stay like this: he and his fans will be happy regardless of results. And I’m glad he’s got some tough matches ahead. Brilliant. Means if is to win he’s got to stay aggressive. Onto the next one!


Ben Pronin Says:

Coric’s court positioning leaves a lot to be desired. He stands pretty far back. Almost like Gasquet, except it’s not as noticeable because he is so freaking tall. He tried to employ a Djokovic-esque strategy in pinning Nadal to his backhand corner and going for a big shot to the forehand. The results varied. This is another stadium that is so large it allows Nadal to defend like crazy no matter where the ball is hit. And that’s what he did well. I was most impressed by Nadal’s movement, it was normal for him. He also went from some big shots off the forehand AND backhand. But he missed quite a bit. I think a lot of his great aggression came at the expense of Coric’s court positioning. Someone’s gotta step into the court and if Coric won’t Nadal sure as hell will.

Coric also isn’t great at net. I like that he was willing to come in at times but his volleys (and overhead) didn’t do anything. They were practically sitters every time. Just too easy for Nadal to make the pass.

TV you definitely said it best, Coric is a great hope but not a great player, yet. I think if he remains focused and ambitious the sky is the limit for him. He can be a better version of Djokovic because his serve, already pretty big, can get even better. With his height and his already great baseline game, he can definitely be a champion in the future.

He’s also quite the fighter. As JMac pointed out during the match, down 2 sets to love against Rafa freaking Nadal, he was still fighting hard. And he sneaked out a set. It’s just unfortunate this was a first round match.

Back to Rafa, I still think he’s far from his best. This is the last slam of the year and it’s the first round. Of course Nadal is going to come out with fire. There’s no way he’s going to be resigned right now. He’ll fight his hardest, no doubt. But it’s still a case of him looking good against a lesser player. Sure specific aspects of his game looked stronger. But I think the US Open complements Nadal’s game quite a bit now. It’s not too fast that he can’t play crazy defense but it does allow him to be more aggressive than on slower surfaces and get away with making mistakes here and there. On clay, he has to work really hard, especially when he wasn’t moving or serving well earlier in the season. Here, he can win a few easy points just because of the surface itself. He’s definitely comfortable. But we’ll see as the tournament progresses.

Dark horse, but not a favorite.


jalep Says:

Could be a dangerous dark horse, (if Rafa Nadal can really be called that at any GS), with each match he wins. Next will be Diego Schwartzman, a couple notches minimum easier than Borna Coric.

Then it’s a bit trickier maybe with, possibly Fognini, if Fabs makes it that far. Then Feliciano Lopez, who has been quite good. Still think my initial pick was what I woulda, shoulda stayed with and had Rafa making the quarters! Who knows by then!

A word to jane. As long as I’m doing a bracket you can be assured you won’t be at the bottom ;)

Eric and RZ on top! Great 1st round picks.

Benoit Paire. Really hope he keeps going after taking out Kei. His part of the bracket has opportunity written all over it.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Ben, your point about Rafa’s movement is an important one, because I think if his body is as strong and quick as its typically been, there’s no reason he can’t come back to the elite.
Even if he’s hitting too shallow, and his second serve is weak, those don’t have to be fatal: he’s fixed both those problems before, why not again?
If his body is giving him the power and speed he needs for his game, and his head is right, which it seems to be, he can fix the rest.


Markus Says:

Nadal moved very well, was very aggressive and was a lot more accurate with his shots last night than in previous matches this year. He also came to net quite frequently and was very effective. Except for a brief moment in the third set, it looks like the fire that Gypsy Gal was hoping for is beginning to ignite. A couple more matches like this and he will be ready for Roger. That’s who Nadal feels most relaxed playing against. In spite of Roger’s great play this year as opposed to Nadal’s heretofore bad form, I will still pick Nadal over Roger. Something in Nadal gets Roger’s goat.


RZ Says:

It’s official: I will be coming in last in the Tennis-X racket bracket. I had Dolgopolov as a surprise semi-finalist. Doing so is probably what jinxed him to get an injury.


RZ Says:

@Jalep – first for now, but will be in last place by the end for sure!


jalep Says:

Wta bracket is a disaster. Ana Ivanovic, Sloane Stephens, Carla Suarez Navarro, Jelena Jankovic, and rising star #8 Karolina Pliskova – all out in 1st round – not shocking since anything can happen in these draws. But I never stop picking Ana ajde Ivanovic.

Best of luck to Coco and Dominika.

Today will be more seeded carnage, I fear. Get ready for it.


Margot Says:

@RZ
I’ll have you know, last place is reserved for ME!
BTW had Kei going all the way till he met Nole!


jalep Says:

That’s right, RZ :(

Had a look at all the brackets in our pool before the start and I almost copied you! lol… kept him at winning 2 rounds.

Dog is one of my favorites, you know. Very tempting. Wonder if the heat got to him yesterday? He really has to watch out for dehydration. Thank god I switched Ernests Gulbis back to where he belonged. Had him going long.


RZ Says:

@Jane – just saw that Pospisil lost in 5 sets. Apparently he was cramping. Hopefully he’ll be okay to play doubles.


RZ Says:

@Jalep – I also got burned by Monfils withdrawing. He’s in the same section as Dolgopolov and those were the two I had going the furthest (since I didn’t want to trust Tsonga who’s been so inconsistent recently).

Hopefully today will be better.


jalep Says:

Oh yes…, LaMonf is out. Completely forgot about that one. See, the denial is strong in me. Had him beating Tsonga.. hahaha

Totally slipped my mind about adjusting picks for the muggy heat this week. It’s supposed to get cooler…supposedly – maybe.


jalep Says:

One more thing about the bracket: Wonder if Leonardo Mayer can seriously trouble Federer? Probably not – smart move though by Feds having a friendly practice with him :D


jane Says:

rz, yes re: the cramping. i guess that’s a preparation issue on some level, although even rafa said he wasn’t feeling well in the third set because he was sweating so much. very high temps and humidity. i too hope vasek is okay for doubles.


jane Says:

heard it’s even worse there today rE: conditions. :/

Carole Bouchard ‏@carole_bouchard 3m3 minutes ago
Gonna be a rough day for the players out there. So very hot and heavy. Flipkens in distress on court 5, doc out.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Thankyou Markus for that analysis,like Brando says its great to see Rafa backing himself and going for his shots and been aggressive,rather than been passive,i would much rather he played like this and lost,silly as it sounds….


Okiegal Says:

“The Survival of the Fittest”……Is this what the US Open will come down to??


Emily Says:

Yesterday it was more muggy and humid, but today the sun’s really beating down. I wasn’t surprised about Gael retiring after he fell pretty hard in the 2nd. Before that he was on cruise control and it’s such a shame after he played so well here last year. Glad I went to see the end of fognini’s match, he didn’t disappoint in terms of the histrionics


Okiegal Says:

@Markus 10:29…….Loved the last sentence of your comment! Win, lose or draw……It would be awesome to see them in the finals, but that ain’t ever gonna happen. Don’t believe Rafa is to that level as of yet! But I can dream, can’t I???


Daniel Says:

How Simon lost that match, I was watching and he was totally control even a break up. Went out got back for Fed match and he lost in five. WTF


sienna Says:

sick bh slice return for BP.


Emily Says:

I was like you and thought Simon had that match. He very rarely loses to anyone after being 2 sets up and he won more points then Donald, but had 30 break points and converted 9. I think the crowd helped young but surprising none the less


RZ Says:

I had considered picking Young to win in my bracket but figured that Simon is too consistent. If I had done one bracket based on my gut and one bracket based on my brain, my gut bracket would be winning right now.


Gypsy Gal Says:

Gulbis retired was a set up,then Bedene took the second and was a break up,hmm most bizarre….


sienna Says:

this has been going on for a few slams now.
it is not enough beating the opponent in early round.
they want to make statement in winning smooth and with margin to sparen.atleast 2 breaks a set well within 90 minutes.


sienna Says:

4k cramping out. Wondering why the girl took Wawa on board.
Quick release doesnot bode well in slamsucces.


Daniel Says:

Roger was all business today.


Margot Says:

So many retirements, it’s bizarre.


Okiegal Says:

11 retirements…..9 men, 2 ladies….Survival of the fittest, I repeat…..


Markus Says:

Yet the one at a retirablle age continues to move on. What a singularly magnficent athlete.


jalep Says:

Andrey Rublev gets a set off Anderson. Woot!

Go Ruby!


Jock-KatH Says:

Margot – You staying up for Andy tonight?


jane Says:

that’s a lot of retirements for sure. 9 for the men … already?! you have to feel for the qualifiers who didn’t make the draw.


Margot Says:

@KAT
Heck no hon. WAAYYY past my bedtime now…;)


django Says:

Psopisil, Gulbis, Andujar, Monfils, Kokk, who next?


Tazman1 Says:

Loved the way that RF took out Leo! He looked like he was a little cold at first! But, he came on as it progressed! He’s the man!


jane Says:

omg, espn coverage is annoying to the nth degree. so much hype against kyrgios it’s ridiculous. and frankly kind of embarrassing. LET IT GO!


elina Says:

Murray just said Ashe is playing slower than usual. Maybe Nole has a better chance against Roger.


jane Says:

Ben Rothenberg ‏@BenRothenberg 1m1 minute ago Queens, NY
Nick Kyrgios won the coin toss, and deferred, which you rarely see in tennis (because why would you). Murray then chose to serve. #usopen

———–

i think andy will get this in straights.


Skeezer Says:

@Tazman1
elina agrees!


jane Says:

another retirement; this time, baggy.
stan is through in 3 sets.
kyrgios with an early break but already lost that lead. he takes too many risks, resulting in lots of errors; he will need to learn to rein it in. his movement looks iffy too.
boris is there enjoying the show.


Markus Says:

Are there any more teen-agers left?


RZ Says:

@Jane – thanks for that link. Funny!


elina Says:

Skeezer you can admit you were wrong and Tasman and I were right after Roger wins.


jane Says:

you’re welcome rz; kyrgios can’t get any first serves when he needs him. andy with 2 set points and he gets it.


RZ Says:

@Markus – Hyeon Chung won his match against Duckworth. He’s 18 or 19.


Markus Says:

Thanks RZ. Good to know it wasn’t a total wipe out for the teen-agers. I like that Rublev kid. I hope Chung is a tall powerful kid. I always feel bad when somebody small like Nishikori has to work so hard against the big and powerful players. It must be very frustrating to know you have more talent but still get blown off the court.


Skeezer Says:

elina,
Posters know me well enough here that if Fed so happens to win an 18th Slam ( not that he needs it ) I’ll post jubilance As a fan. But we are far from that atm. Nole is the fav by far.


Skeezer Says:

Krygios, what a waste of killer talent.
He plays like he wants to be an entertainer, not a great tennis player. Feel bad for Hewitt who’s trying to help, ugh.


jalep Says:

Hyeong Chung is awesome. He’s 19. He took out Duckworth in easy straight sets. Next up he’ll get to play Stan and Hyeong will get on my TV set, happily.

Coric and Zverev are also in the awesome catagory. They just had the bad luck of facing seeded experienced opponents. Same with Rublev today – caught Kevin Anderson on a 32 ace serving day. And yet Rubles kept pace, fought hard and won a tie break. You could see that he had earned Kevin Anderson’s respect when they met at the net. ESPN kindly showed some key parts of their match.

Andrey Rublev is 17, the youngest of the teens right now and imo the brightest of the bunch.


elina Says:

Really skeezer? Are you a Roger fan? I couldn’t tell.


mat4 Says:

Why do I have the impression that the young Aussies have been punished for something? 4K against Gasquet, 2K against Murray… great draw I guess. Although, when I think about it, Harrison had terrible draws in slams a few years ago.

Although… I watched 4K today. He was the better player, and he impressed me. And 2K plays with lots of ups and downs, but the tennis is here, and he has only to put everything together. Not that this is easy…


Skeezer Says:

Really elina? Are you a Rafa fan? I couldn’t tell. ;)


Skeezer Says:

Feel bad for Murray fans here too. I mean what fan wants to see their fav play Nick in the FIRST rd! Eek! Good thing for Murray fans Nick is tryin to olay (so far) “entertainment” mode.


Daniel Says:

Kyrgios lack maturity, playing some points to casual. He had several chances and that last game was very important forum to break back.

Murray, as expected, is very composed and not making silly mistakes. He should take this in three.


jane Says:

kyrgios was “resting” on changeovers, lol. not sure if it’s a way for him to keep calm? he’s certainly hit some great shots, but he is not consistent enough and mentally all over the place, lacks focus. is it youth or what? not sure. but i am kind of thinking bagel in the third?


Markus Says:

Hewitt and Kyrgios are peas from the same pod. He was also obnoxiious and sinister during his prime. I still remember his racist remark to an umpire about James Blake.


jane Says:

nick now 0-10 sets vs andy; and here comes #11.

commentators are so freaking ridiculous it’s laughable: they were speculating on the meaning of nick’s tattoo “time is running out” and likened it first to the match, then to possibly his time in tennis, then to his LIFE? i mean what? omg….just silly.


Daniel Says:

Kyrgios unleashing return winners this game


Daniel Says:

Markus, Also remember he saying that all Argentinians were doppers, somebody even spit on him in a match.


Okiegal Says:

@Jane…..Which way is the bagel in the 3rd?? Lol


Okiegal Says:

Thank goodness no bagel in the 3rd. Way to go Andy, breaking back……


Daniel Says:

Murray broke right back, seems Kyrgios doesn’t understand this is a Grand Slam. At least Coric was fighting and showing way more professionalism for an 18 yld


jane Says:

nick played such a bad game after breaking. no first serves, bad errors, etc. he has no idea what to do with momentum. the weird thing is the crowd actually *wants* to get behind him. but he rushes. andy, by contest, has been very patient and focused.


jane Says:

^ by contrast.

daniel, both rublev and zverev also showed high compete levels in their losses.


Daniel Says:

Murray lobby 101 continues;-)


jalep Says:

i dunno.

Nick is the Happy Gilmore of tennis


Skeezer Says:

Its evident Nicks game is very immature for the level of game he has. Sure at times he can blow through players, but he desperately needs some strategy and proper technique at the right times.The commentators this match( yes even Jmac) are spot on.
Meanwhile, Murray is showing great resolve And play through it all.

jalep,
You said it in 2 words, lol


jane Says:

open era major record: 12 retirements (10 men; 2 women)


Markus Says:

That too, Daniel. Hewitt was an atrocious brat. I was so happy Federer came along and cut short his time at the top. Well, Roddick first, then Federer.


Daniel Says:

Wow, suddenly, Kyrgios smacking 2 FHs, Murray doubl fault,miss a second shot FH and loses his serve to love and the set.

Kyrgios will start serving first fourth set.Let’s see if he’ll pose some resistance.


jane Says:

well that was kind of out of the blue!

nick has mainly kept it close considering his lack of focus; he’s had chances on andy’s serve. but only 3 of 14 break points. i think andy has had 11 break point chances and converted 4, so they’re pretty close in that regard.


elina Says:

With both my faves out in the first round I’ll be pulling for Roger the rest of the way.

It’s a shame that his faithful don’t give him his due.

He really does have as much a chance as anyone else here under the circumstances.


Markus Says:

What I feared would happen may happen. But personality aside, Kyrgios is a very good tennis player. If he focuses well in the next set then the next, he just may win this.


Flyer Says:

This match is so irritating – couple minutes of good interesting tennis – then baby boy antics brings on total exasperation.


jane Says:

and again, broken to love after getting some momentum. he’s so up and down.

maybe this will be the bagel set okie?


Daniel Says:

He was broken right to start the fourth, now was coming back in the game and makes a bizarre shot, 3-1 Murray


Flyer Says:

Too bad 4K retired – he at least tries to keep his brain focused on the matter at hand…..playing a competitive tennis match.

Plus do like his game – he shows a lot of promise


jane Says:

breadstick not a bagel. at least nick can say he finally won a set vs andy. but no way was he going to beat him. andy was much too composed, which couldn’t have always been easy. and i agree with j-mac that he got better as the match progressed.


Okiegal Says:

I’ll say it in 3 words…Nick’s a nut!!


Okiegal Says:

Having said that, he could be an awesome player if he’d quit showing off and always looking at the crowd and running his mouth….a shame really!! Is he a wasted talent??


Markus Says:

So happy now. Murray moves on and the uncouth brat is out. Peace.


jane Says:

wow andy is looking forward to the ice bath, ha ha. :O says he’s “getting old” and the “joints hurt.” kim was laughing.


Okiegal Says:

I’m happy my second fav won this match!!


skeezer Says:

Murray is moving very well. A great start for him and his fans. Those were some hard yards at times tonight. Enjoy the ice bath.

Nick….lots of help out there to help your game reach the top…..listen and do it!


Markus Says:

I think Kyrgios win over Nadal at Wimbledon at such a young age messed him up pretty badly. His immature mind could not handle it.


jane Says:

there is a second teen left in the draw on the men’s side: nishioka beat mathieu


elina Says:

Ironic that Kyrgios has a tattoo that says Life is Running Out. His lackadaisical attitude suggests otherwise.

Kyrgios is a syrios joke ATM.


elina Says:

Roger said that Ashe is playing like an indoor court with the partially constructed roof reducing the effect of wind to nil.

More ammo for no. 18 it seems.


Emily Says:

Hewitt didn’t look happy. He did some dodgy things when he was young, but at least he was winning major tournaments. I hope he can give nick some perspective because he focused on the tennis instead of trying to grab headlines. Thanks Andy for getting rid of nick, and hopefully we won’t hear too much about him for the rest of the season (though I doubt it).


skeezer Says:

“I think Kyrgios win over Nadal at Wimbledon at such a young age messed him up pretty badly. His immature mind could not handle it.”
Agreed. Although apparently Nadal couldn’t handle it either.


skeezer Says:

“I think I played great,” Nadal said. “The first two sets I played a very high level of tennis.”
Rafa, so humble.
Per jane;
“As per Ben Rothberg: “Rafael Nadal’s record at the #USOpen since 2010: 21-1.
WWWWWWWWWWWWWLWWWWWWWW”
Rafa should be elina’s pick no doubt.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

What would posses anyone to let their opponent choose after winning the coin toss? I missed the match, but sounds like Kyrgios is trying to prove that the Wawrinka and Gasquet behaviour were not anomalies. He really is that much of a jerk. And as others are pointing out, he’s getting help from one of the best.

The only reason people started cheering for Hewitt again was because he dated Clijsters. Then, people forgot what a jerk he was and cheered him as the old man with the big heart (on court). Kind of like Connors, yeah?


Okiegal Says:

What did Nick get the warning for? I saw two questionable things…..Nick dropped the f-bomb and the camera caught Leyton with his hands cupped around his mouth talking to Nick….coaching, cursing or both??


elina Says:

Emily, he should have walked out. Very disrespectful of Kyrgios tanking so many points when Rusty is dedicating his time to help him.

Good for the game? Nah just embarrasing to watch really.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Yes, Rusty: the class of tennis.


jane Says:

lol, how time heals all wounds. ;)

when nick let murray choose, i.e., “deferred to him,” i got the impression he was trying to be nice, not a jerk. before he walked on court he said he thinks andy is the “best athlete” in the sport.


RZ Says:

Wasn’t able to track the last two sets, but reading the comments, I must remind you all that it’s never that straightforward with Murray. We should have expected him to drop a set.


RZ Says:

Re: Deferring the decision. I’m always tempted to do that in my tennis matches. Granted, I’m not a pro and don’t have a particularly good serve. But sometimes it’s just easier to have your opponent make the decision.


Jock-KatH Says:

Nick (+ his family) were Leyton’s guests recently (Leyton wasn’t completely daft – he didn’t put them up in his own house). Leyton evidently plans to include Nick in his DC team – so hopes of not hearing more of Nick for rest of season look doomed (Nick + 4K’s rumoured to play the doubles).

Wonder what the Glaswegians will think of Nick – they’ll certainly not be shy about coming forward….


mat4 Says:

I think that the recent tantrums with Stan the Man left consequences.

2K is not like Hewitt. While both are quite… raw, Hewitt is much tougher. Nick, last night, just wanted love, attention, something obvious from his behaviour. In that light, the sentence he uttered last month became understandable — it was: “Don’t you see: I’m not the bad guy, the bad guy is him, he’s doing this and that…”

A punished child often finishes his internal monologue with the sentence: “You will be sorry, one day, when you realize who I really was and how unjust you were”. One day, justice will be done. And in the “Wawrinka incident”, 2K finished by revealing that “justice has been done” — that the Juliet found his Romeo, and that Stan, the real bad guy, was eventually punished.

The world of tennis is cruel and unfair, even without draw fixing, nasty schedules, and linesmen errors (something that happens more often that we want to believe). The unbalanced nature of draws makes people think (just look at the draws at WB and the USO; it always goes with the current main “narrative” — RG excepted, where the “narrative” is different), and players especially.

So, when Nick sees that he plays against Murray and his best friend against Gasquet, of course, he has doubts. He feels just like a punished child. He feels it’s unfair, unjust.

He certainly isn’t a bad guy — compare him with Connors, who was nasty and uncut at 39 (when he said to the umpire that he was “an abortion”). And he was so immersed in his narrative, last night, that he didn’t notice that the public was with him, and just waited to see the right fighting spirit. He decided that he will lose beforehand.

———-

While I frankly don’t like Kyrgios game — he just serves too well for my liking — he played some spirited tennis last night, and was the one who decided the score by his ups and downs. When he improves his return and puts all things together with Hewitt’s help, I have no doubts that he will be the next no 1.


Markus Says:

I just see Kyrgios as a crude insensible brat who has no respect for others and unable to comprehend the consequences of his actions.


mat4 Says:

TV:

I cheered for Hewitt and never liked Clijsters. Although, it’s easy to understand why I preferred Hénin.

—————————–

Then, cut the boy some slack. He’s uneducated because the system is such, and that’s his main problem.

And he’s tender. I wouldn’t have apologized to Wawrinka had I said what Kyrgios said. I wouldn’t have said that in the first place, though, but I wouldn’t have backed down, just like my old fav, Jimmy Connors, who was a man in a men’s world, wouldn’t have backed down.


mat4 Says:

What consequences of what actions?

What has Kyrgios concretely done? Did he address Wawrinka in that match? the way Stan argued with Mirka Federer in the semi of the WTF, to make RF lose his composure in a tense match?

So, the rule of the game is “do whatever you want, but be careful what you say”? The way Rafa, Andy do, and recently Novak too? The uncrowned kings of gamesmanship?


calmdownplease Says:

And HOW pray tell is Andy the `uncrowned king of gamesmanship` exactly?
And I think you’ll find that it is Mirka who should have shut her fat mouth up, heckling Stan and throwing HIM off.
I mean I agree with the first part of your post but honestly..
I can’t believe people think Stan is at fault for Fed’s wife’s behaviour!?


Jock-KatH Says:

Maybe No.1 eventually – but doubt he’ll be the next one…..


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Mat4, I believe you are overanalyzing a brat. I have little kids. I am constantly in the company of brats. Kyrgios would feel at home. Education has very little to do with it. He’s a crybaby.

You could take away the Wawrinka incident and he would still be a brat and a crybaby. Does that make him a “bad guy”? No, he never killed anyone (that I know of), he never sets out to demean people the way Connors, McEnroe and Roddick did. He’s just a crybaby.


calmdownplease Says:

`Education has very little to do with it. .`

Emotional development through experience however does.
Really, saying someone banged someone else’s girlfriend (esp if it is true) is hardly the sign of a satanic force on the tour!
Nick will learn the hard way and it will take time, but he will learn.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

I really don’t think anyone believes (or I hope!) that Kyrgios is EVIL.


calmdownplease Says:

Well, I was clearly being facetious at the level of sustained `GLOBAL OUTRAGE!!` at Kyrgios, for one stupid comment.
Jesus, if you think that’s bad, just wait till some of you cross me, and pray there are no cameras around!
hahaha!


calmdownplease Says:

^^^^That was a joke btw…
lol


Markus Says:

Mat4, when you said, “… I wouldn’t have apologized to Wawrinka had I said what Kyrgios said. I wouldn’t have said that in the first place, though…” emphasis on the “I wouldn’t have said it in the first place”, I can tell that you know there are consequences to certain actions like that which Kyrgios did. So, you obviously know. I don’t have to explain it to you.


elina Says:

Tender?

Endorsement tender more like it.

Damage control 101.

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