US Open: Nadal beats Lajovic in straight sets

He notched one career benchmark already this summer in defeating red-hot Alexander Zverev, the victor of five ATP titles this year, at a Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati before the U.S. Open. His record against Lopez is just as solid - 12-0.

"I think in many ways people were hoping for a great battle between a Next Gen [the name associated with the up-and-coming players] and an established player", Federer said, per Sandra Harwitt of USA Today.

Youzhny admitted he had cramped, which meant he could move left to right but not forward and back. "We know that different ball speeds, and trajectories/court surface interfaces do affect the player's body. however definitive injury risk research is scant". He returned to the top spot in the rankings on August 21, his fourth time as No. 1 in the world. Yesterday's session saw two top seeds being ousted as Alexander Zverev didn't survive to Borna Coric quest while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had no chance confronting the 18-year-old rising star Denis Shapovalov.

But he recovered from the shaky first set to roll through the following two.

He saw room for improvement after converting six of 11 break points.

"I don't think there needs to be that much addressing, because the players, they have the option not to play as much as sometimes they have to or want to", he said.

The missing this year include: Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic.

Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov, Juan Martin Del Potro, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Agnieszka Radwanska are all among the top seeds who will also be in action on Thursday. He threw in 41 aces and saved just one of the five break points he faced.

While the two have faced-off only 3 times, all in 2016, Thiem now leads Federer 2-1. He squeaked out a five-set win over 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe.

Angelique Kerber became the first defending champion to be eliminated in the first round of the global of tennis of the United States in 12 years.

The issue here is that according to the rules the number one to four seeds are all equal. No. 2 Simona Halep was ousted by Maria Sharapova on the opening night of the tournament, while No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 6 Angelique Kerber - the defending champion - and No. 7 Johanna Konta also lost.

World number one Karolina Pliskova, the 2016 runner-up, downed American qualifier Nicole Gibbs 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

He is third up on Arthur Ashe Stadium, where Ukrainian fourth seed Elina Svitolina gets things started against Russia's Evgeniya Rodina.

Nadal, however, made sure not to make excuses for his slow start against Lajovic.

  • Julie Sanders