David Ferrer says so long; Andy Murray is here to stay

31 August, 2018, 01:17 | Author: Felix Jensen
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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 on a hot and humid night on Arthur Ashe Stadium despite leading 4-3 with a break in the second set after twice receiving treatment on a left leg injury. "This is the last grand slam of my career and I am so sorry because I can't finish the match".

"I'm so sorry because I can't finish the match, but anyway, thanks a lot".

Men's first round: No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro beat Donald Young 6-0, 6-3, 6-4; Andy Murray beat James Duckworth 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3; Stan Wawrinka beat No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-2, 7-5; Paolo Lorenzi beat No. 16 Kyle Edmund 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-1; Taylor Fritz beat Mischa Zverev 4-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-2.

The 36-year old after the break, in a post-match conference, said the match will be his last at a Grand Slam tournament.

Other opening day winners in the men's draw were seeded Americans John Isner and Jack Sock, Canadian seeds Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov, Greek 15th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, Croatian 20th seed Borna Coric and veteran Spanish 31st seed Fernando Verdasco.

Earlier this season at Wimbledon, the Swiss recovered from a set down to eliminate Dimitrov 1-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Serena Williams made a triumphant return, opening her bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title with a 6-4, 6-0 first-round victory over Magda Linette.

Simona Halep crashed out in the first round, becoming the first No. 1 seed in the Open era to do so.

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Others, like 44th-ranked Kaia Kanepi, take to the Big Apple and its Grand Slam tournament.

"But I started to get into the return games, stood back a little more and that gave me more time to get in the rallies and find my range with my ground strokes".

It won't be an easy match for the American player, who reached semifinals here past year while Giorgi played the Wimbledon quarter-finals losing to Serena last month. "But being honest, I am sure he will have the goodbye that he deserves on the events that he decides to play".

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

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

And yet it was Djokovic who lifted the trophy getting the better of Nadal in a classic semifinal and then quelling the challenge from the fast rising South African Kevin Anderson in the title clash.

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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.

Wawrinka, the former world No 3, now down at 101, shrugged off having to take a medical time-out early in the third set.

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