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2014 U.S. Open Day Two

Federer Wins Opener, Entertains Jordan; Serena Too Much for Youthful Townsend

August 26 2014 9:45 EST ITS Staff New York USA - Five-time U.S. Open men’s singles winner Roger Federer defeated Australian Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) to advance to second round marking his 60th consecutive Grand Slam tournament appearance.

 

After runner-up finishes at Wimbledon and Toronto and a win two weeks ago in Cincinnati Masters, the 33-year old Federer was on top of his game Tuesday evening at the packed Arthur Ashe Stadium attended by his childhood sports idol Michael Jordan, a six-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls.

 

Federer, who is bidding to win his No.18 Grand Slam trophy, and sixth U.S. Open crown, blasted 44 winners and served 10 aces in the two-hour and 6 minute match. The entertaining match saw Federer hit a shot between his legs with his back to net to the delight of Jordan and the crowd.

 

Jordan came to New York to promote the new Nike Shoes that both sports icons collaborated on designing. Growing up as a basketball fan, the Bottmingen-born Federer had a poster of Michael Jordan hanging on his bedroom wall. In the second round on Thursday, the No.2 seed Federer will face another Australian, big-serving Sam Groth a 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3 over Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain.

 

In the last match of the evening session, World No.1 and five-time U.S. Open champion Serena Williams cruised safely into the second round after demolishing young American compatriot Taylor Townsend 6-3 6-1 in just 55 minutes. 

 

Serena, who will be 33 years old  next month, did not face a single breakpoint on her serve and hit 16 winners past her 18 year old opponent who in turn committed 20 unforced errors while double faulting five times.

Ivanovic, Nishikori Advance; Erakovic Upsets '04 US Open Champion Kuznetsova

Ivanovic wins opener vs Riske. Photo usopen.org

August 26 2014 1:24 EST ITS Staff New York USA - Ana Ivanovic eased on to the second round of the U.S. Open beating American Alison Riske 6-3, 6-0 in her opening match Tuesday. Ivanovic, who has won more matches than anyone this season this year with 48 victories, broke Riske on the very first game and never looked backed. The former World No.1 and 2008 French Open champion Serb hit 19 winners and served four aces in the 64 minute match.

 

New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic has upset  2004 U.S. Open champion and No.20 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (3) to advance to the second round. The World No.82 Kiwi trailed 4-5 in the third set before forcing a tie-breaker where she clinchesd her biggest win after two-hours and 20 minutes.

 

In Men’s Singles, Kei Nishikori of Japan posted a straight set 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 victory over American Wayne Odesnik in the first round of the U.S. Open Tuesday. The tenth-seed, who is bidding to reach past the fourth round in five attempts, lost his serve once but broke Odesnik six times in the two-hour and 7 minute match played on Court No.17 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

 

Odesnik is playing in Flushing Meadow for the first time in five years after serving a one-year ban due the use of human growth hormone substance. Meanwhile, Nishikori missed the hard-court events in Toronto and Cincinnati due a toe-injury.

U.S. Open Men’s Singles First Round Tuesday Aug 26

2-Roger Federer beat Marinko Matosevic 6-3 6-4 7-6(4)

4-David Ferrer beat Damir Dzumhur 6-1 6-2 2-6 6-2

10-Kei Nishikori beat Wayne Odesnik 6-2 6-4 6-2

12-Richard Gasquet beat Denis Istomin 7-5 7-6(5) 6-4

13-John Isner beat Marcos Giron 7-6(5) 6-2 7-6(2)

15-Fabio Fognini beat Andrey Golubev 6-4 6-4 6-2

17-Roberto Bautista-Agut beat Andreas Haider-Maurer 5-7 7-6(1) 1-6 7-5 6-1

20-Gael Monfils beat Jared Donaldson 6-4 6-2 6-4

25-Ivo Karlovic beat Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 6-4 3-6 6-4

26-Gilles Simon beat Radu Albot 6-3 6-4 6-2

28-Guillermo Garcia-Lopez beat Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4 6-2 6-2

Borna Coric beat 29-Lukas Rosol 6-4 6-1 6-2

Pablo Andujar beat Jack Sock 6-4 3-6 6-1 0-0 ret.

Sam Querrey beat Maximo Gonzales 6-2 4-6 6-4 4-6 6-3

Marcel Granollers beat Jurgen Melzer 7-6(1) 6-3 6-2

Federico Delbonis beat Noah Rubin 6-4 6-3 6-0

Victor Estrella-Burgos beat Igor Sijsling 2-6 6-4 6-3 6-2

Jan-Lennard Struff beat Mikhail Kukushkin 2-6 3-6 6-3 6-3 7-5 

Yoshihito Nishioka beat Paolo Lorenzi 1-6 2-6 1-2 ret.

Tim Smyczek beat Filip Krajinovic 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-6(5)

Adrian Mannarino beat Pere Riba 3-6 7-5 6-3 6-2

Bernard Tomic beat Dustin Brown 7-6(2) 6-4 7-6(3)

Sam Groth Beat Alberto Ramos-Vinolas 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3

U.S. Open Women’s Singles First Round Tuesday Aug 26

1-Serena Williams vs. Taylor Townsend 6-3 6-1

3-Petra Kvitova beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-1 6-0

7-Eugenie Bouchard beat Olga Govortsova 6-2 6-1             

8-Ana Ivanovic beat Alison Riske 6-3 6-0 

11-Flavia Pennetta beat Julia Goerges 6-4 4-6 6-1

Catherine Bellis beat 12-Dominika Cibulkova 6-1 4-6 6-4

15-Carla Suarez Navarro beat Ajla Tomljanovic 3-6 6-2 6-1          

16-Victoria Azarenka beat Misaki Doi 6-7(3) 6-4 6-1

17-Ekaterina Makarova beat Grace Min 6-4 6-2

Marina Erakovic beat 20-Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6 6-2 7-6(3)

24-Samantha Stosur beat Lauren Davis 6-1 6-4

27-Madison Keys beat Jarmila Gajdosova 6-0 6-3

29-Casey Dellacqua beat P.Mayr-Achleitner 6-4 6-2

30-B.Zahlavova Strycova beat Ashleigh Barty 6-1 6-3

Mona Barthel beat 32-Shuai Zhang 6-1 6-2

Varvara Lepchenko beat Alison Van Uytvanck 7-5 6-2 

Kaia Kanepi beat Pauline Parmentier 7-6(3) 3-6 6-1  

Wang Qiang beat Paula Kania 6-2 6-0  

Karolina Pliskova beat Yvonne Meusburger 6-2 6-2

Sorana Cirstea beat Heather Watson 6-1 6-1

Shelby Rogers beat Maryna Zanevska 6-4 6-3

Elena Vesnina beat Chan Yung-Jan 6-0 7-5 

Polona Hercog beat Elina Svitolina 6-2 7-6(4)   

Sorana Cirstea beat Heather Watson 6-1 6-1 

Monic Niculescu beat Yaroslava Shvedova 6-7(5) 6-1 7-5

Petra Cetkovska beat Klara Koukalova 6-1 2-6 6-3 

Zarina Diyas beat Lesia Tsurenko 6-1 6-2  

Coco Vandeweghe beat Donna Vekic 2-6 6-3 6-1 

Vania King beat Francesca Schiavone 6-3 3-6 6-3

Shelby Rogers beat Maryna Zanevska  6-4 6-3           

Nicole Gibbs beat Caroline Garcia 6-2 2-6 6-3 

Christina Mchale beat Chanelle Scheepers 6-2 1-6 7-6(5) 

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