Eight former champs headline Day 1 of the US Open

by Steven Clarke August 31, 2018, 1:16
Eight former champs headline Day 1 of the US Open

It might not have happened the way he expected against his close friend, but defending champion and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round of the US Open on Monday evening, as David Ferrer retired while Nadal led 6-3, 3-4.

Ferrer, a former World No. 3 but now standing at a lowly 148, called it quits despite leading 4-3 with a break in the second set after twice receiving treatment for a left leg injury.

"I'm so sorry because I can't finish the match, but anyway, thanks a lot". The 2016 champion won his eighth straight match at the US Open beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.

Ferrer, the 36-year-old former world number three, will retire after playing in Barcelona or Madrid next year, but says this will be his final Grand Slam. Andy Murray, who won the first of his three Slam trophies in 2012 at Flushing Meadows, is also on Ashe, taking on No. 31 seed Fernando Verdasco.

Williams, a six-time victor at Flushing Meadows, moved a step closer to a possible third-round matchup against her older sister, two-time victor Venus, who defeated 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

Nadal next faces Denis Kudla of the United States who won his first match in five years at the tournament when he downed Matteo Berrettini of Italy 6-4, 7-5, 6-2.

Ending with the tag line, "It's only insane until you do it", the spot for her shoe and clothing sponsor shows video of Williams as a young girl, practicing with her father, interspersed with clips of her playing as an adult at Grand Slam tournaments.

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She missed last year's edition as she gave birth to daughter Olympia on September 1, but showed every indication she's ready to make up for lost time in a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Poland's Magda Linette.

The recent form of Djokovic a two time victor at the US Open has made him an early favourite for the title despite the presence of all the leading players. "I like the city", said Kanepi, who is from Estonia and is sharing a coach this week with another player, Andrea Petkovic.

They are just the fifth pair of men to play in the first round at a Slam after having met in a major final.

Others offered other words of praise, including 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who said after winning his first-round match Monday that Ferrer "was the kind of player no one wanted to face".

"It's even a bigger priority this year, the US Open, than it has been last year".

Auger-Aliassime, making his slam debut after coming through qualifying, had needed a medical timeout for an irregular heartbeat in the third set.

The 31-year-old has not played at a Slam since Wimbledon in 2017 and there remain serious doubts over whether or not he can last two weeks of intense best-of-five sets in NY.

At 3hr and 17mins on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium, it was Murray's longest match since his comeback in a reassuring indication of his fitness. He was seeded 12th and with the fierce competition available in the men's event everyone was looking to either Federer or Nadal, the top two ranked players to take the title.

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