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US Open 2018: Caroline Wozniacki into second round

  • Posted: Aug 28, 2018

Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki beat Australian Sam Stosur 6-3 6-2 to reach the second round of the US Open in New York.

Second seed Wozniacki, 28, broke the 2011 champion’s serve three times in the first set and twice in the second.

The Dane will play Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko in round three.

Fifth seed and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 6-1 6-4 at Flushing Meadows.

The Czech, 28, broke serve twice to take the first set and won five successive games from 4-1 down in the second. She will face China’s Yafan Wang next.

Kvitova, who reached the quarter-finals in 2017, said: “I’m not really looking too much ahead. I played great tennis here last year and it was amazing for me.

“So far this year it has been great too. It is good to be in the second round of another Grand Slam and to be playing good tennis.”

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Latvian 10th seed Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, beat Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-4 4-6 7-5 to set up a second-round meeting with American Taylor Townsend.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka, seeded 20th, defeated German Laura Siegemund 6-3 6-2 and will play Romani’s Monica Niculescu or Israel’s Julia Glushko next.

Wimbledon champion and fourth seed Angelique Kerber will face Russia’s Margarita Gasparyan on Louis Armstrong.

Top seed Simona Halep was knocked out in the first round on Monday.

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Andy Murray column: US Open victory on return & fuelling on sushi, bacon and porridge

  • Posted: Aug 28, 2018
2018 US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 27 August-9 September Coverage: Live radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; live text commentaries on the BBC Sport website

Andy Murray made his return to Grand Slam tennis with a four-set win against Australia’s James Duckworth in the US Open first round on Monday. In his regular BBC Sport column, the 31-year-old Scot talks about post-match pain in his hip, fuelling his body in the heat and humidity of New York and eating sushi at 8:30am.

Being back playing at a Slam tournament for the first time in 14 months was a great feeling and I’m very happy I managed to mark it with a win.

I played some good stuff, although spending three hours and 17 minutes on court was more than I would have liked.

In the fourth set I made things a bit harder than I needed to and I also had a chance to close out the first set.

But I got through it – that’s good news.

And the other positive thing is I felt better than I expected to at the end of the match.

When I’m going into the match I’m trying to prepare myself mentally that I’m not going to feel great physically after the match, or that my hip will feel painful, so I think about how I’m going to handle that.

Hopefully not feeling too bad at the end of the match continues and that my body adapts to the load I’m putting it through.

This is the first time I have played four sets in 14 months, so I just have to wait and see how I pull up.

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‘Sushi, bacon and porridge’

After a match, and around my media interviews, I refuel by eating three boxes of sushi. I had two of them before I spoke to the press and then I save one for afterwards.

This time I chose spicy tuna sushi from the players’ restaurant at Flushing Meadows – it’s pretty good.

Sushi is something I eat regularly and I actually had sushi at 8:30am on Monday – that was odd.

That’s because I eat whatever is recommended to me. I have a nutrionist at home who will tell me to eat chicken, or rice, or pasta.

The morning before my match against James I also ate a bowl of porridge, and then I ate eggs, bacon, some gluten free toast.

When the weather is like it was in New York on Monday – hot and humid – I try to drink two litres of fluid an hour.

Then I have these energy gels which I eat every 20 minutes.

My team make up a sports drink before the match and as it goes longer I have saltier drinks to help with cramp or to prevent it.

The team study the humidity and the temperature and it all helps inform what and how much I drink.

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‘Flushing Meadows can be noisy but I don’t mind it’

I really liked playing on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium – I think it’s a bit easier to play on than the old one.

It’s a little bit more sheltered from the wind, although you can get a breeze in there. Before it used to swirl a lot in the old Armstrong. Now it blows but tends to go in one direction.

Also, it’s shaded from quite early on in the day, which is nice for the players and also, I think, for the people watching.

There is still a constant hum of noise from the spectators when you’re on court here and it takes a while to get used to it.

At Wimbledon and a lot of the other tournaments the etiquette is you’re quiet during play but here it is not really the case.

It takes a bit of getting used to but five or six games into it becomes normal and you get over it.

I don’t mind noise during points – it doesn’t just happen here, it happens at most of the tournaments.

People arriving late to their seats happens quite a lot here too and that can be a problem if they’re behind the court.

When you’re having to track a moving object and people behind the court are wearing different colours or moving around it makes it very difficult to pick up the ball.

I wouldn’t say it is more of a problem at Flushing Meadows than anywhere else, maybe it was just because it was the first day of the tournament and the ushers were letting people in when it’s not an end change.

‘I’m still taking it one match at a time’

Fernando Verdasco is my opponent in the second round – he will certainly test my movement, that’s for sure.

He has got a huge forehand and can do whatever he wants with that shot. He can hit angles, he can flatten out, higher balls.

He is never an easy guy to play against if he’s on his game.

It’s my job in that match to stop him dictating and hopefully I can be a bit more offensive and keep him on the back foot.

Before the tournament I said I wasn’t expecting to go far and I don’t think anything changes after beating James.

I’m still taking it one match at a time, but it’s great being back playing.

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Nadal through after injury ruins Ferrer's Grand Slam farewell

  • Posted: Aug 28, 2018

Defending champion Rafael Nadal moved into the US Open second round after fellow Spaniard David Ferrer’s Grand Slam farewell was ruined by injury.

Nadal led 6-3 3-4 in Monday’s late tie on Arthur Ashe Stadium before Ferrer had to give up with a calf injury.

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.

“It is sad for me to see him finish like this,” said 32-year-old Nadal.

“I’m very very sorry for him, he is one of my closest friends on tour and we have shared amazing moments together, playing in French Open finals and playing together in the Davis Cup and Davis Cup finals.

“He is one of the greatest players we have had in our country.”

Top seed Nadal is among the favourites to retain his crown and has a seemingly favourable draw at Flushing Meadows, with two top 10 players – Kevin Anderson and Dominic Thiem – in his quarter.

Anderson lost to Nadal in last year’s final and has never beaten him in five attempts, while Thiem has only won four matches since finishing runner-up to the Spaniard at the French Open in June.

Before looking that far ahead, Nadal must focus on beating Canada’s Vasek Pospisil, ranked 88th, in the second round on Wednesday.

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Shapovalov Advances In All-Canadian #NextGenATP Clash

  • Posted: Aug 28, 2018

Shapovalov Advances In All-Canadian #NextGenATP Clash

No. 28 seed reached the fourth round in New York last year

The highly-anticipated all-Canadian #NextGenATP clash between Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime on Monday at the US Open ended in unfortunate circumstances. After exchanging 7-5 sets, the 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime was forced to retire midway through the third due to an irregular heartbeat. The No. 28 seed Shapovalov advanced while holding a 7-5, 5-7, 4-1 lead.

Drama was high as Shapovalov stormed back from 2-5 down in the first set and his countryman replicated the feat in the second, rallying to draw level. But after falling behind 4-1 in the third, an emotional Auger-Aliassime stopped play as he embraced his close friend at the net. Shapovalov continued to console a visibly shaken Auger-Aliassime following the match.

“It was definitely a tough way to win,” Shapovalov admitted. “First of all, it was a great match playing against Felix. The level was high at times. At first, I honestly think we were both very tight, and I don’t think the level was great. Then in the second set, I think it was a lot better from both of us. At the beginning, I was playing really good, then towards the end he picked it up. What happened in the third set, it’s tough to see a friend go down like that. It was tough. When I saw that he was struggling, I still had to keep trying to win, keep kind of pounding it on him. It wasn’t easy for me.

“Obviously it’s tough how it ended. But I think this match, it’s great for Canadian tennis, two young guys that are coming up that have grown up together playing against each other. It’s really good. I feel that’s the reason why so many Canadians are picking up tennis racquets.”

Shapovalov is trying to repeat the impressive run he went on at Flushing Meadows a year ago, when he beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga en route to the fourth round. The left-hander, who is third in the ATP Race To Milan, is fresh off Round of 16 showings at North American hard-court ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Toronto and Cincinnati. He will next face veteran Italian Andreas Seppi. 

“He’s definitely a super steady guy. I wouldn’t say he’s got crazy power, so he’s not going to blow me off the court. He’s really crafty, a really smart player,” Shapovalov said of his next opponent. “He’s another guy that’s got so much experience under his belt. He’s definitely going to be a lot more experienced on the court out there. It’s going to be a tough match for me.”

But for now, fans will take joy in the play they saw between Canada’s two brightest young talents. It might not have ended the way either player wanted it to, but it certainly won’t be their last FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting.

“I told him at the net hopefully one day we’ll be playing in the finals of this tournament. I told him to keep his head up. We’re going to have so many matches together,” Shapovalov said. “Obviously it’s never easy playing against him because he’s such a close friend of mine. There’s a lot of noise going on, a lot of hype whenever these matches come around… It’s not easy when you know the person. It’s actually a pretty tough match for both of us. Yeah, it’s been a crazy ride with him. Hopefully it continues.”

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US Open 2018: Stan Wawrinka beats Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets

  • Posted: Aug 28, 2018

Swiss wildcard Stan Wawrinka beat eighth seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 6-2 7-5 in the first round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York.

2016 champion Wawrinka had two knee operations last year and was unable to defend his title in 2017.

It is the second consecutive Grand Slam in which Wawrinka, 33, has beaten Dimitrov in round one, having come from a set down to win at Wimbledon in July.

Dimitrov converted only one of eight break points on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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“The last time I played on this great court I won the title, so it was great to be able to come back and play again,” said Wawrinka.

I hope he recovers quick. I told him at the net we will play a lot of times and we’ll play in the final one day

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“The level was really high. There were lots of emotions out there. It’s always tough to play your best in the first round.”

Three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka – ranked 101st in the world – will face Frenchman Ugo Humbert in the second round.

Elsewhere, 31st seed Fernando Verdasco beat fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-2 7-5 6-4 to set up a second-round meeting with Britain’s Andy Murray, who defeated Australian James Duckworth 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 6-3.

Wimbledon semi-finalist John Isner, the 11th seed, saw off fellow American Bradley Klahn 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 6-4.

Canadian 25th seed Milos Raonic beat Argentine Carlos Berlocq 7-6 6-4 1-6 6-3 to set up a tie with Frenchman Giles Simon, while Australian world number 98 Jason Kubler defeated 19th seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3 6-3 6-4.

There was an emotional and premature end to the match between Canadian teenagers Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Auger-Aliassime, 18, received medical treatment during the first third-set changeover, complaining that his heart was racing. He retired after playing two more games with Shapovalov leading 7-5 5-7 4-1.

Shapovalov, 19, consoled his compatriot as they walked off the court.

The victor said: “I hope he recovers quick. I told him at the net we will play a lot of times and we’ll play in the final one day.”

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