World No.1 Nadal starts US Open with easy win

Friday, 01 Sep, 2017

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play their opening-round matches, while women's No. 1 seed Karolina Pliskova is also in action on the second day of the U.S. Open. "Not always. but most of the time", Federer responded with a smile.

Nadal could face Bulgarian seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov, coming off his biggest career title two weeks ago at Cincinnati, in the quarter-finals while Federer's last-eight opponent could be Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem. But who will come out on top in the final match of the day on Arthur Ashe?

"We are talking about someone who beat Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawinka in a space of a few weeks", says seven-time Grand Slam champion victor and commentator John McEnroe.

It took three match points for Federer, physically drained but still wily, to clinch a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 victory. She then won the Australian open and made it to the final at Wimbledon, losing to Serena Williams. The match is being assessed but is not yet under formal investigation, Harrison said. "I think we both enjoyed ourselves out here".

With torrential rain lashing the Flushing Meadows site, the Arthur Ashe stadium roof was shut tight above a boisterous crowd of 24,000.

Roger Federer survived a huge scare to battle past Frances Tiafoe in five sets in the US Open first round.

The lack of top players means an opening for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who have won all three of the Grand Slams in 2017. I was misjudging distance. "I might feel more exhausted than I normally would going into the third round, but that's OK".

Dimitrov was a break up in both the first two sets but Rublev hit back, saving eight of 10 break points before taking his first match point with a brilliant forehand victor.

Daniel had never gone beyond the second round at a Grand Slam, but he hit 11 winners on his way to taking the first set in hugely impressive fashion.

Sharapova's game was filled with mistakes during the 7-6 (4) first set against Babos: 19 unforced errors, including four double-faults. Tiafoe was profiled on an HBO "Real Sports" segment earlier this year, and his parents fled the war-torn West African nation of Sierra Leone before settling in Maryland.

While many junior prodigies have come and gone, Tiafoe's unique background and work ethic set him apart from the rest.

But the match lasted just one game later, as Federer broke Tiafoe to seal victory after two hours and 40 minutes on court.

With the crowd in his corner, Tiafoe moved easily and returned well even when Federer pinned him into corners, though he never truly relaxed against the champion.