Djokovic, Federer Advance At US Open; Nadal Opens On Tuesday
by Staff | August 27th, 2019, 12:15 am

Tournament favorites Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were winners on opening day at the US Open. Djokovic worked early against Roberto Carballes Baena before the Serb pulled away with a comfortable 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 win.

“It’s great to be back. I’m grateful that at this stage of my life and career… I’m still competing at a Grand Slam. We sometimes have to remind ourselves of these blessings,” said Djokovic who is 14-0 in the US Open first round. “I’m quite pleased with my performance and looking forward to the next round.

“It’s not the first time for me to be in the second round of a Slam. I know what I need to do to keep going.”

Djokovic, who has won 33 of his last 34 in Slams, now meets US Open debutante Juan Ignacio Londero who beat Sam Querrey in a mild surprise.

Roger Federer broke early against the unheralded 190th-ranked Sumit Nagal, but the Indian stunned the error-prone Swiss roaring back to take the opener. The scare didn’t late long as Federer broke early again in the second but this time he held on.

Serving for the match against the qualifier, Federer had to dig out of a 0-40 hold to close out the 22-year-old.

While Federer had dropped his first set, Stan Wawrinka was on Armstrong putting the finish touches on a tough 6-3, 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3 win over 18-year-old Jannik Sinner.

Daniel Medvedev continued his summer success rolling past Prajnesh Gunneswaren 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. The 23-year-old Russian has won 15 of his last 17 matches.

“If I want to keep winning, I need to stay fresh,” said Medvedev. “I took a few days off and then came here to New York. I think I’m 100% fit now.”

American big guy Reilly Opelka picked up his first career US Open win beating No. 11 seed Fabio Fognini in four sets. Fognini’s countryman Paolo Lorenzi, a “lucky loser” dropped the first two sets then came back on 16-year-old Zachary Svajda.

Former finalist Kei Nishikori was the first winner on the day. Feliciano upended Taylor Fritz, Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric both advanced to a second round meeting.

Tuesday sees the return of 2017 winner Rafael Nadal who battles the man that knocked out Federer last year, John Millman.

Dominic Thiem is back to take on Italian roadrunner Tomas Fabbiano.

Stefanos Tsitsipas meets Andrey Rublev in maybe the best match of the day and Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime collide for a a second straight year at the US Open.

Nick Kyrgios opens play against American veteran steve Johnson as is big John Isner.

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16 Comments for Djokovic, Federer Advance At US Open; Nadal Opens On Tuesday

Nathaenchen Says:

Steve Johnson has to play against Kyrgios and Isner?!?

Old School Says:

RF didn’t look sharp in Cincy, he might have the fastest feet I’ve ever seen; in Cincy his feet were a little slower than normal, same vs Nagal last night. I suspect when his magnificent career is over and historians look at his record it might be said that the downward arc started in Wimbledon final of 2019.

chrisford1 Says:

Federer was quick compared to the field in the Weak Era save Blake, Coria and perhaps Hewitt – good enough to handle those guys, too. But on arrival of other members of the Big 4, Fed was 4th in speed of that bunch. And unlike Blake, Coria, Hewitt – those guys began regularly beating Roger.
And I think it is hard to say Fed was on his “downhill arc” starting at Wimbledon when he played better than Djokovic for 99% of the match. He has those two blown match points to shake off, but that was not like the 1st time he has had to shake off two blown match points against Djokovic happening at a Slam. :)

On a side note, the Official Site of the island of Bermuda sent a tweet to the US Open making a claim:
@Bermuda “Did you know that tennis was brought to the US from Bermuda? In 1874, Mary Ewing Outerbridge learned the game in Bermuda, and brought it back to New York. So today, and all days…you’re welcome!” #USOpen
The USTA makes another claim: Wealthy Brits invested heavily in the
American railroads and other industries following our Civil War. They and British consuls in cities all over the US brought the game. Out West, with less grass, they played on level patches of hardpan (alkali soil hard and leveled from infrequent rains. “Major Walter Clopton Wingfield, a retired British officer, publishes “The Major’s Game of Lawn Tennis.” That was, indisputably, the beginning of our game: lawn tennis.” Using the book, the USTA was formed in 1881 to consolidate the rules across American amateur athletic associations.

Thank you Bernuda, if the USTA is wrong or has overlooked Mary Ewing Outerbridge’s contribution.

RZ Says:

In general I didn’t think that Fed played all that great yesterday. He had some signs of magic but I saw a lot of shanks, netted volleys, and out balls. He will have to pick up his game as the competition will only get tougher.

SG1 Says:

It seems unreasonable to expect that the Wimbledon final wouldn’t leave Federer with a scar. As good as Federer has become at shaking off losses, the Wimbledon loss is going to have an effect (at least in the short term). If he wins that match, he more than likely guarantees that he won’t be surpassed in slam count by Novak.

With all of the above said, I’m thinking that in terms of the US Open, Federer may be able to turn a positive into a negative. He usually blows through the first week without breaking a sweat. If he has to struggle a bit (not a lot) through the first week so that he’s peaking for the 2nd week, he may be able to build some confidence to play better in the clutch moments against the better guys in the second week. It’s a weak theory but I think it’s better to work your way into a tournament and peak at the end.

SG1 Says:

But it’s really Novak’s tournament to lose at this point. He’s the ATP alpha right now and on a hard court, it doesn’t seem like there are too many people that can get the better of him over 5 sets. Saw Stan play last night. He can’t beat Novak at this point. Federer…doubtful. Rafa beating Novak…on hard court? Even more doubtful.

The Next Gen? Maybe Next Year. I did like the way that Jannik Sinner played. Very loose and free. He seems to be very focused on the court which I thought was impressive for an 18 year old. I suspect that he’ll be heard from again…very soon.

RZ Says:

Kukushkin wins in 5 over RBA. A lot of brackets will be messed up now.

Old School Says:

And AR takes down Tsitsipas. At courtside 1st row, lots of drama from both.

RZ Says:

Darn, I chose Tsitsipas to win that only because I didn’t think he’d lost two first rounders in a row, even with a brutal draw.

armelwani Says:

There goes Thiem…

chrisford1 Says:

Shame on Thiem. I was looking forward to a rematch against Rafa. Thiem was magnificent in that battle he had with Nadal at the USO last year. One of the best matches of 2018!

rajesh Says:

Shitsi , thiem and rba out😓😓

rajesh Says:

Khachnav also out
So 4 top seeds out in round 1

RZ Says:

Thiem has been sick so I’m not shocked that he lost. Over the weekend he made statements along the lines of he wouldn’t have played at all if he was scheduled to play Monday but decided to give Tuesday a go.

Very surprised that KK lost to Pospisil. And very annoyed. I had KK going to the final. My bracket is completely screwed now.

Daniel Says:

Looks like Sean may be right about Monfils. He is the top seed left in that quarter for semis, and he is #13. The only other seeds left is Berretini 24 and Kyrgios 28.

This could be a break for Kyrgios. If he plays the weay he did agaisnt Johnson last night (focused and serious) he can reach semis to play Nadal.

Either Kyrgios, Monfils, Rublev or Shapovalov will reach semis. Regardless, it will be a breakthrugh Slam for somebody.

Zevrev should also take advantage and at least makes QF to play Nadal.

Truth Says:

Novak had a bad arm and didn’t admit it at Wimbledon.
No wonder he let Fraud back in the match fraud never dominated him. Otherwise, Novak would’ve been down 2 sets to 1, or lost in 3 sets.

Fraud barely held on to his serve in each set.
He’s struggling a lot and lost sets.
It’s just a little struggling.

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