By Ros Satar
- Roger taken to five sets once more as he wins his 80th US Open singles match
- More seeds have clattered out of the US Open most notably ATP NextGen’s Alexander Zverev
- Kyle Edmund flying the flag solo in the Singles for the Brits
NEW YORK, USA – Forget the biggest, forget the brashest, this year’s US Open is shaping up to be the most open Slam in quite a while.
Great escape for Federer… part two
Not content with a five set thriller in his opener, Roger Federer was put through the ringer again this time at the hands of fellow old-timer Mikhail Youzhny. What looked like a routine rout for Federer soon turned into a battle as the Russian took the next two sets.
With Youzhny calling the trainer, and concern about Federer’s movement and back, it was a characteristic fightback from the Swiss, and to come through a second five-setter. Why is this such a big deal? Because at Wimbledon, having skipped the entire clay court season, he sailed through without dropping a set.
Yet he still maintained all was well in his post match press conference (as per usopen.org):
“I’m better than the first round, so I’m happy. Yeah, this match wasn’t about the back, which is good. This is more just a grind. I felt different, completely different, the way it played and everything. But I’m really, really happy I got through.
“I might feel more tired than I normally would going into a third round, but that’s okay. My preparation hasn’t been good at all here. I knew I was going to maybe struggle early on. Maybe I struggled more than I would have liked to. But I’m still in the draw, which gives me a chance. I still believe I’m going to pick up my game and become just more consistent because I’m not playing all that bad. It’s just that I’m going a bit up and down in waves throughout the match.
“So clearly I’m happy how I felt after the first round, because that was the scary bit. But that’s passed now. Now I can just look forward to play tennis. With a bit of fatigue, that’s okay. I’ve done that hundreds of times. That’s not something I’m too concerned about.”
Rafael Nadal Pushed in Round Two
Federer was not the only one in a bit of bother. In his first round, Rafael Nadal was within a game of losing the first set, and in his second round match under the lights, he went and actually lost the set to an inspired Taro Daniel, before settling the ship to win in four.
He said, after the match (as per usopen.org): “There is nerves there at the beginning. Yeah, when you have some nerves, when you don’t convert Love-30s, couple Love-30s in a row, 15-30s, then some breakpoints, you arrive to 4-All. The opponent, very first breakpoint, he make it. Well, he make it? Of course, I miss it. Yeah, you feel one set down. Then, of course, you play under more pressure.
“Tough start of the second. Happy to be back. I think the speed was positive. Was a good fight. I think I improved. The last two sets I played better, and that’s important for what’s coming, no?
“But, of course, is a day to be satisfied. Days that you’re not playing well, that’s makes the difference: win when you don’t play very well. That give me the possibility to play better. As I say the other day, I am practicing well. I need to compete better. I believe I can do it.”
Karolina Pliskova battles as well
From one World No. 1 to another, Karolina Pliskova also found herself on the wrong end of a set, as she came from behind to triumph over qualifier Nicole Gibbs. The Czech is not only bidding to go one better than her final run last year, but to also hold on to the top spot.
She admitted, in her post match press conference (as per usopen.org): “I think she started pretty well. Her level was quite high in the beginning of the match. I quite didn’t expect that she’s going to play this way. I thought, like, little bit thought since we played two times, we practiced, saw few of her matches, she’s going to be more like defending. She really was going for her shots. All credit to her.
“Overall I think not even close to what I want to play today. So, yeah, just happy that I went through. Obviously I was improving during the match. The third one would be, like, okay, not the best, but few good shots I had, some good serves. But the first set, not even close to where I want to play.”
Scattered seeds in Round Two
- Alexander Zverev  lost to fellow ATP Next Gen Borna Coric
- Grigor Dimitrov  – the Cincinnati Masters champion lost to Andrey Rublev
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  lost to Denis Shapovalov
- Tomas Berdych  lost to Alexandr Dolgopolov
- Gilles Muller  lost to Paolo Lorenzi
- Albert Ramos Vinolas  lost to Nicolas Mahut
- Caroline Wozniacki  lost to Ekaterina Makarova
- Svetlana Kuznetsova  lost to Kurumi Nara
- Dominika Cibulkova  lost to Sloane Stephens
- Peng Shuai  lost to Donna Vekic
- Barbora Strycova  lost to Jennifer Brady
- Daria Gavrilova  lost to Shelby Rogers
- Mirjana Lucic-Baroni lost to Carla Suàrez Navarro
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