Rafael Nadal cruises past Dusan Lajovic in US Open first round match

Paola Ditto
Agosto 31, 2017

As it was, Murray pulled out of the #2017 Us Open on Saturday morning, two days before the start of main draw action and roughly 24 hours after the release of the men's singles draw.

That left just four from only eight active men who had reached the final in NY, dating back to 2004.

Roger Federer will have his fitness tested as he and Rafael Nadal feature on day four of the US Open in NY.

The world number two had looked set to play in NY having practised at Flushing Meadows for a week only to decide after a final hit on Saturday lunchtime that his hip was too sore. Lajovic had the unenviable task of taking on Nadal in the Spaniard's first match since he recaptured the World No.1 position last week and rarely looked capable of delaying his progress for too long.

Zverev has won 81 percent of his service games, and he can become even more unsafe in that area if he can improve his second serve a bit.

Kerber reached the final at the year-ending WTA finals, losing to Dominika Cibulkova, but relinquished the top ranking after being knocked out in the Australian Open fourth round. "With the roof open, feeling change a lot". They were drawn in the same half, could meet in the semis, and if they did, the victor would seal No1. But the end of the first set was very important.

Sugita had tried and failed to qualify in NY for eight straight years from 2009-2016. "But of course he has his reason, and for sure the negative news was that he will not be playing here".

The Spanish Rafael Nadal easily disposed of the Serbian Dusan Lajovic in three sets on Tuesday at Flushing Meadows.

The German, sixth-seeded, has been forced out of the tournament, bowing 6-3, 6-1 to Japan's Naomi Osaka in one of the few games to have been completed on Tuesday. In their only previous meeting, Nadal eased past Lajovic in straight-sets to ease into the Round of 16 of the 2014 French Open.

"I need to keep improving", Nadal said in a post-match television interview. The real thing is here, the energy and support of the crowd is massive. "Year by year, it is a pleasure to be back". Hopefully it will be a night session. All three times the Swiss bettered in the rivalry.

Federer was to play later this morning against American Frances Tiafoe, before rain intervened again.

"It was tough at the beginning, he was playing well and not making many mistakes and I felt he was controlling the points too many times", the 15-time Grand Slam champion said.

Well for a start, the bulk of those 20,000 were not favouring Tiafoe, but they were clearly impressed by what they saw: huge cuts on the forehand, huge pace on the serve.

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