Murray Dominates Rosol At US Open, Karlovic Sets Ace Record; Djokovic, Nadal Return Wednesday
by Staff | August 30th, 2016, 11:54 pm
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Andy Murray opened his US Open in near perfect form blasting past Lukas Rosol 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

2014 finalist Kei Nishikori needed four set to put away Benjamin Becker 6-1, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Nishikori and Murray could meet in the quarterfinals.

Former champion Juan Martin del Potro had no trouble beating countryman Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(3). It was del Potro’s first match back at the US Open since 2013.

“I am so glad to be part of this tournament once again after three years,” del Potro said. “I really appreciate the wild card who give me to have the chance to play, and that’s important for me. Always, in every match here at the US Open, the crowd make me feels special. I really like the atmospheres down there. They create another things in every court. It’s amazing for me just having the chance to play here once again.”

Two-time semifinalist Stan Wawrinka didn’t drop serve in a tough 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Fernando Verdasco. The Spaniard beat Wawrinka earlier this summer at Queen’s.

“I’m really happy,” the Swiss said. “I think it was a great match, especially for first round. You never expect to play your best game and full of confidence, but I think the level was quite high.

“Right now I know I’m ready for here, for the tournament. And now I’m going to see how I’m going to deal with the pressure, with the match, and trying to play the best I can until as far as I can.”

Speaking of serves, Ivo Karlovic set a new record for aces at the US Open smashing 61 in a 5-set 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 7-5 win over Yen-Hsun Lu. The tally is still short of Karlovic’s personal best of 78 at the 2009 Davis Cup but he bested Richard Krajicek’s 49 from the 1999 Open.

Also needing five sets were Dominic Thiem (John Millman), Viktor Troicki (Radu Albot), Alessandro Gianessi (Denis Kudla) and American Steve Johnson who pulled the comeback of the day, and maybe the season, in beating Evgeny Donskoy.

Johnson was down two sets serving 2-5 and 0-40 and came back to win it saving six matchpoints in the end.

Fellow American Sam Querrey fell to Janko Tipsarevic in four.

While the oldest man in the draw, Radek Stepanek lost, youngsters Alexander Zverev and Karen Khachanov both won their maiden US Open matches as did Jared Donaldson who stunned No. 12 seed David Goffin in four 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-0. The Belgian double faulted 17 times in defeat.

And Nick Kyrgios advanced while Bernard Tomic was bounced.

On Wednesday, second round play begins with Novak Djokovic getting a rematch with the man who beat him in Monte Carlo, Jiri Vesely. Djokovic is fighting an assortment of injuries these days, among other things!

Rafael Nadal returns to face Italian veteran Andreas Seppi and Milos Raonic and Gael Monfils are back on court.

US OPEN WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE
Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM Start
Petra Kvitova (CZE)[14] vs. Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR)
Not Before: 1:00 PM
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[9]
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Jiri Vesely (CZE)

Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00 PM Start
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) vs. Garbine Muguruza (ESP)[3]
Rafael Nadal (ESP)[4] vs. Andreas Seppi (ITA)

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 AM Start
Roberta Vinci (ITA)[7] vs. Christina McHale (USA)
John Isner (USA)[20] vs. Steve Darcis (BEL)
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs. Angelique Kerber (GER)[2]
Jack Sock (USA)[26] vs. Mischa Zverev (GER)


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35 Comments for Murray Dominates Rosol At US Open, Karlovic Sets Ace Record; Djokovic, Nadal Return Wednesday

Emily Says:

Little awkward that Steve Johnson will now play Del Potro after his comment about him getting a wild card, asserting he might play a popular American (though it was apparently taken out of context)

Saw the end of the match on the Grandstand and Stevie was so excited. I think there would have been more energy if they let all fans sit near the court, but with the new stadium, grounds pass people are pushed to the back. It takes away what was so great about the old Grandstand. USTA just wants the extra cash instead of a great atmosphere


AndyMira Says:

@Emily..agree with you..I want to mention about this since the draw was out the other day..and IF stevie is going to lose against DelPo,he’s sure will bear a little grudge against USTA?DelPo?It’s very interesting to see who will come out on top later..


AndyMira Says:

@M..err,pardon me ma’am..not sounds but REALLY REALLY EXECUTED to the fullest already..that’s why our “AC/DC” is once again like a child who lost his lollipop!


Margot Says:

Thank you AM honey. Hope there’s highlights somewhere.
*Waves from across the waves.*


AndyMira Says:

M..Happy to serve for you ma’am..Btw..you’re not going to answer him?Give your thoughts one or two punch?Ha ha..serves him right for meddling with your Andy..


AndyMira Says:

M..You’re right ..the article’s good and you have to forgive me,i’ve also answered the question at the bottom in a cocky way..can’t help it!ha ha ha..


Daniel Says:

Vasely givomg Djoko amuch needed walkover, less one match and he only plays again on Friday. The less he plays at this point the better.

He got an easy third round and than most likelly Isner, who is 2-1 but doesn’t look particular dangerous here. Also, the match is going to be just put returns back on court which will be great for Djoko as long as he avoids tiebreaks. Tournament really starts for him on QF.

Can’t see him losing to Youznhy or Pella R3 nor Edmund R16. Maybe only Isner if he is in a super serving day. So Djoko next 2 rounds are not that hard and he can play himself into form and conserve energy. Tourney not lost for him still.


J-Kath Says:

For Anyone Interested:

Andy Murray has given a lukewarm response to Federer’s “Laver Cup” plan next year. He said with the Davis Cup it is too tight a schedule…..


Travis Bickle Says:

Vesely walkover gives Djoker more time to argue about his “infidelities” with his wife – at least that’s what British press will imply tomorrow…

In the meantime, here is a link true Rafa fans (i.e. Giles, AndyMira, who post so many links here) would appreciate:

https://twitter.com/Rossana_Capo/status/770974934650785793

If Djoker was banging that Indian actress, this relationship looks even “closer” to me. I wonder who the mysterious Argentinean on the photo is. I hope not Delpo… ;-)


chrisford1 Says:

TB – Now, now….everytime Novak and Delpo play a big, consequential match, their great Bromance gets a new chapter –

For now, what is going on with Djokovic seems more than just left wrist troubles. So the buzz is understandable. And with such a mystery, especially in the Brit tabloids and gay Hollywood celebrity-driven media – speculation always fills the void. For now, it is only a couple British rags that are on the hunt.

In a way, it’s flattery. David Beckham and Posh Spice gossip gained the tabs huge money and much new circulation for the last 20 years. Other football players, Olympians, clubs, Andy Murray…the Heather&Laura stuff. Lately they have been realizing so much of their readership is on the Continent, India, they are adding more sports celebs their marketing people say the people want more news and made up stories about.


Giles Says:

TB. Lol. In case you didn’t know that is a Spanish form of greeting. And that is Pico with Rafa. And that pic was taken many years ago. So there…. šŸ˜„


chrisford1 Says:

Speaking of mysteries, my 4.01 pm post on the Novak Delpo Bromance across the years is awaiting moderation and again I have no idea why it went to moderation..


chrisford1 Says:

Giles – I was unfamilar with the heterosexual Hispanic men’s custom of meeting and squeezing one another’s butt cheeks. Hate to think how they greet females or family pets.


RZ Says:

Dan Evans is playing doubles with Nick Kyrgios! I’m no fan of Nick’s but have to admit that would be fun to watch.


J-Kath Says:

RZ

If nothing else that will be highly entertaining….could not have imagined a more bizarre doubles!!!! Wow wouldn’t it be interesting if fierce little Dan can influence the more talented Nick. I am a fan of Nick’s though often reluctant to admit it.


J-Kath Says:

My goodness Raonic is getting an unexpected work-out.


Wog Bog Says:

@CF1 @4:16pm

:))

That is also custum in Sydney, in Darlinghurst suburb (Oxford st) you can see plenty of that kind of greet and meet customs…and they are not Spanish people..though they might be few here and there.


J-Kath Says:

Guess that’s the end of MacEnroe’s so called Advisory role with Raonic.


Wog Bog Says:

Raonic is out, what did I tell you Sean?


AndyMira Says:

@TB..Thank you for the link..Oh God!Rafa was soooo handsome and young!..and still full of hair!Ha ha..and his cute hair makes him more handsome..i’m sure Okie and Willow would appreciate this pic if they see them…But as much as i love Rafa,this hug can’t compared with the most touching hug that Novak and DelPo present to us at the Olympics two weeks ago..I’m a very gentle and soft person and to see a macho and tough guys like them hugging and cried,God!..It touched deeply inside my heart and i cried along with them..

Oh..btw..the hug between Andy and DelPo after that also very touching TB..and at AO this year,when Serena and Angel hug and congratulate each other..i love Serena and Angel even more after that!He he he..

Oh yeah TB…since you decided to stopped hug me,i wish you didn’t stop your habit to hug random people..although i once again will gonna urge you to be very careful okay because it’s involve random people..we don’t know for sure what kind of people they are…as for me,i will keep hugging nice and sweet people here like Margot,Okie,Willow,others..

So,thank you again for posted that link Boss!I appreciated it..


Wog Bog Says:

AM,

That was only top half of the picture that TB posted, Rafa’s left hand is missing, here is where Rafa’s left hand ended up in the full picture:

http://uteri-downpour.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/rafael-nadal-grabs-juan-monaco-butt.html?m=1

BTW, where do you live?


AndyMira Says:

WB..actually,i can already see the full picture of Rafa in the link that TB posted..i chose to play nerd and naive because TB like his usual self wanna goad and tested me whether i’m gonna fall for his trap!He he..Nope..Sorry to disappoint him..What i wrote up there was genuine..Like most of the posters here,TB is a very smart and intelligent poster and i respect him very much because of that..But,there is no doubt in my mind that he will keep goad and test me in the future..and good luck with that TB!

Btw WB..we’re live in the same side of the world…I’m Malaysian..and although we’re rarely communicate with each other but i respect you very much as well WB..for the same reason as TB..and also your knowledge in everything..and not only in tennis..


Wog Bog Says:

AM,

Thanks for the reply and nice words, I didn’t realize that you have to touch the picture on the screen in order to see full picture in TB’s link. So we are neighbors, good to know:)


AndyMira Says:

WB…You’re always welcome WB..about nice words..you’re fit perfectly and deserved every each of the words WB…and yeah,we’re neighbours!Nice to meet you neighbour!He he..


Humble Rafa Says:

Accomplished doper and US Open winner on court 17..That’s sending a statement, dear US Open.


Humble Rafa Says:

I hope the tennis Gods don’t notice that I am playing well.


Daniel Says:

Raonic was injured, barely moving fourth set.

Thus could be a chance for Monfils, think he is favorite now to face Nadal in QF.
Also Nadal nos favorite to reach semis, can’t see him losing to Seppi, Kusnetsov or Agut.


Humble Rafa Says:

Seppi, Kusnetsov or Agut.

I feel so good right now. Xisca and I are going to get it on tonight.


Humble Rafa Says:

This is a watershed moment at the US Open. Roof closing. Happy that it happens on my watch.


AndyMira Says:

Well,unlike you HR..i’m anxious to see how Rafa’s match will turn out..he’s always don’t like playing with the roof closed..Let’s see how he’s handle that..


Humble Rafa Says:

Well, Mr. Mira,

I got this. No need to worry. Roof or no roof, today is my day.


AndyMira Says:

@HR…Oh,it’s a relief to hear that from you..and from the scores,i think you’re right..Oh,btw…it’s MRS MIRA not MR…


Margot Says:

Dear AM you are very wise, yours is much the best way of surfing the waves.
But I’m not letting you anywhere near my new sofa with your dangerous boots…off to my shed with you!
BTW Do you think this might be TB’s favourite song?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqdtzJvliMk


AndyMira Says:

@M…Got a compliment from a great,amazing,sweet,kind,understanding and incredible person[not to mention funny,he he]like yourself is like winning a lottery to me!So very precious..Thank you for that M and i love you more and more..

Btw..Only a shed M?Oh,alright..shed it is..and you have to accompany me coz my mates choose this moment to satisfy their urges to see the world!

Yeah..i think you’re right M,maybe that is TB’s favourite song..I think it’s suits him Ha ha ha..You’re truly my guardian angel M!

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