Nadal Dominant In US Open Debut, 4 Top 10 Seeds Fall; Djokovic, Federer Back Wed.
by Staff | August 28th, 2019, 12:37 am

Rafael Nadal opened play at the US Open Tuesday night and looked dominant in an easy 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over John Millman who just a year ago stunned Roger Federer.

“I’m very happy with the victory and very happy to be back in New York,” Nadal told the crowd. “The first match is always a little bit new. Even if I’ve played here many times, the beginnings are not easy. The serve worked well tonight and while my backhand wasn’t as good as it can be, I am very happy.”

Nadal was in full control of the Australian blasting 22 winners and holding all 13 service games.

“When you start the tournament, you have difficult opponents in front. You need to go on court and respect every single opponent,” Nadal said. “I went on court today against a tough opponent knowing that I need to play well to win. If you play bad, you can lose.”

While Nadal rolled, several of his Top 10 brethren did not. In fact, a first round record four Top 10 men’s seeds were upset on Tuesday. No. 10 Roberto Bautista Agut got things going as the Wimbledon semifinal fell to Mikhail Kukushkin in 5 sets.

Then, in the men’s match of the day, 2017 quarterfinalist Andrey Rublev edged a cramping Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(7), 7-5 in a drama-filled 3 hours, 45 minutes. Tsitsipas was docked a point for a time violation and was also cited for coaching. The Greek was struggling with leg cramps late in the match, and Rublev took advantage handing Tsitsipas his fourth straight loss.

On Ashe, No. 4 seed Dominic Thiem said he was still under the virus bug in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss to Italian Thomas Fabbiano.

“I got very, very tired and exhausted after two sets. I’m far away from 100%. Like this, it’s very tough to win,” said Thiem. “I went on court because in tennis, especially in long two-week tournaments, anything can happen.”

No. 9 seed Karen Khachanov’s up-and-down summer was down today in a 5-set loss to Vasek Pospisil.

No. 6 seed Alexander Zverev managed to avoid blowing 2-set lead to eventually win in five sets over Delray Beach champion Radu Albot.

“I’m happy to win. Full stop,” said Zverev. “Obviously against a player like Radu, he’s somebody who picks up his level and it’s never going to be easy. He’s one of the toughest players we have. I’m just happy to get through.”

Gael Monfils, John Isner, Marin Cilic, Gilles Simon and Denis Shapovalov were also winners. Shapovalov beat countryman Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 for a second straight year.

Nick Kyrgios was up late on Steve Johnson in the night match.

On tap Wednesday, former champions Roger Federer and Roger Federer return along with Kei Nishikori, Reilly Opelka and Grigor Dimitrov who takes on Borna Coric

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16 Comments for Nadal Dominant In US Open Debut, 4 Top 10 Seeds Fall; Djokovic, Federer Back Wed.

j-kath Says:

TX Staff must be seeing double or magically Roger has duplicated himself…….”On tap Wednesday, former champions Roger Federer and Roger Federer return……..”

SG1 Says:

Didn’t see the match last night’s match between Shapo and Felix but the scoreline was shocking. Saw some tears at the net too. Can anyone shed some light on what happened? Thought that Felix would win this one. Hopefully Shapo can put together a bit of a run.

Also really surprised by the Tsitsipas result but since the shoe incidents, I actually think it’s him that’s a little weird, not the officials. There’s something going on with him. Maybe it’s overbearing parental interference or the weight of expectation but he’s going to have to get his head straight going into 2020. The talent is there but as Nick Kyrgios proves, talent can only take you so far if you’re not rock solid mentally.

Good win for Pospisil. Not totally sold on Khachanov. His game has some holes and Vasek is a very solid player with a good serve and forehand.

Not surprised by the Thiem loss. Not much chance of winning being sick as a dog. I’m actually surprised the pros don’t get sick more often. The travel, the airplanes (germ central) and all the other commitments have to eventually take their toll.

Van Persie Says:

Fed does not enjoy day matches, I can tell

RZ Says:

Coric has withdrawn. Another ding on my bracket. 😥

In good news, Kokkinakis won his first rounder. Hopefully 4K is on the comeback trail.

Van Persie Says:


The only safe bet on that half of the draw is Rafa🤪. Glad I picked him as finalist.

FedExpress Says:

man, that Wim loss has destroyed Fed mentally

RZ Says:

Daniel has the early lead in the bracket!
I’m tied for last place and will be staying there the whole time most likely, thanks to KK going out.

VP – very true about that. I figured that I wanted to do something different to try to defend my bracket win as I knew a lot of people would be choosing Rafa as the finalist, but I did not choose wisely.

chrisford1 Says:

VP – I’m looking at Rafa’s half of the draw as sort of a wedding present to him. :)
I can see it now, Rafa lounging back after winning his semi in 80 minutes while Fed and Novak kill one another in a 4 1/2 hour semi, sipping water, listening to Xisca go over a list of tapas and wine for the wedding. “Si! Is all good my love, no?”

In other news, Roger J. Simon, the fine Oscar nominated screenwriter and noted author and blogger, is putting out a book “The GOAT” this Sept 1st.

“The GOAT is the story of a weekend tennis player who, in essence, sells his soul to become a star–the greatest of all time.”

Reviews very good. Comedic, insightful, an inside look at the game, the stars. The relevance and the risks of committing to become the greatest at anything.

Daniel Says:

Djoko has an left shoulder injury, bit seems the pilss kicked in. He overcame a 0-3 hole 2 breaks down and seems will win 6 straight gales to close 2nd set.

Old School Says:

What are his options? Perhaps long term rest is the cure, maybe, although this could be chronic. Novak once contemplated quitting, think it was either elbow or wrist or both. I’m assuming he’s playing with it because he is not risking permanent damage, if so it’s definitely an issue of pain and perhaps it’s diminishing his power. We heard rumors of this in Cincy. Really a shame for tennis. Wonder if cortisone or another injectable is under consideration, not sure about protocol, not sure that Novak would submit. Nadal must be feeling good right now.

chrisford1 Says:

I think Djokovic needs a certain mass to generate good power without losing speed and he is 4-5 kilograms under what his weight was in 2011 or 2015. He can still hit as hard, but he needs more racket speed and it puts more strain on his muscles and ligaments. More than cortisone, I think, he needs more mass and more easily digestible protein (meat, or better, fish) for muscle and tendon repair.
He goes off vegan, weeps for the little fishies that die over the next 5 or so years, then retired from demanding sport he can be the weaker semianorexic vegan he wants to be deep inside himself – for 50-60 years.

Also with some self-destructive things going on, is Nick K. He is now looking at another massive fine and up to a 3 year suspension for calling the ATP corrupt. Though when informed of how bad he could get punished, he was backpedalling his statement.

Wog Boy Says:

Nole is done this USO, his face expression and body language after the match said it all.

Congratulations Rafa on #19 and year end #1.

Van Persie Says:

Could not see Nole’s match, but do not read a lot of positive about his form. Question is now how far will he go in the tournament. It is what it is.

Giles Says:

^^ Don’t worry the EGG will save him! Lol

Van Persie Says:

Hope it will, Giles.
Bless ya 🙂

Daniel Says:

Maybe its just muscular. I remember 2012 Wimbledon 2nd round Federer had a back issue also, even got trainer and went on to win the title beating Djoko and Murray semis.

Ler’s see if he is affected next 2 rounds

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