Wawrinka and Nadal among US Open winners

Wawrinka and Nadal among US Open winners

Wawrinka and Nadal among US Open winners

World No.1 Nadal breezed through the first set without facing a break point but the 36-year-old Ferrer fought back in the second, breaking Nadal twice before the injury forced him to call it quits with the score at 6-3 3-4.

South African fifth seed Kevin Anderson, last year's finalist, rallied to outlast Ryan Harrison 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 4-6 6-3 6-4 in a four hour and 14 minute slugfest while Austrian ninth seed Dominic Thiem accounted for Mirza Basic 6-3 6-1 6-4.

"This is my last grand slam", said Ferrer who was runner-up to Nadal in the 2013 French Open final.

"I'm improving tournament after tournament, match after match".

"I've lost a lot of matches out here over the years, I've struggled a lot, but it's like a new beginning". Nadal told ESPN on court, "I am very, very sorry for him".

He's one of my closest friends on the tour. We played some Davis Cups together, important ones. "He's a great person and great player". If Venus Williams can get past hard-hitting Camila Giorgi in Louis Armstrong Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, and then Serena Williams can beat Carina Witthoeft in Arthur Ashe Stadium at night, the two siblings will face each other in the third round Friday. He dropped the first set to Nadal, 6-3, but was leading the second set 4-3 when he decided he could not continue.

After missing last year's US Open following two surgeries on his left knee, Stan Wawrinka returned to Arthur Ashe Stadium for the first time since lifting his third Grand Slam title in 2016.

Anderson, who fell to Rafael Nadal past year in his first Grand Slam final, grabbed at his left calf during the third set but had enough left to win another lengthy match.

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Novak Djokovic made a winning return to the U.S. Open, fighting through extreme heat that caused him to feel sick during his match to beat Marton Ducsovics in four sets.

"We played in very important finals for both of us".

But he showed no sign of rustiness on Monday, defeating eighth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria for the second successive grand slam.

Williams, a six-time victor at Flushing Meadows, moved a step closer to a possible third-round matchup against her older sister, two-time victor Venus, who defeated 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. I tried to play but I think it (his calf muscle) is broken.

Wawrinka, the former world number three, now down at 101, shrugged off having to take a medical time-out early in the third set.

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Ferrer added: "I am 36 years old".

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In one of the more intriguing matches, Canadian teens Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime clashed for a first time and Shapovalov took via the worst way, the Auger-Aliassime in tears after retiring down 7-5, 5-7, 4-1 due to an irregular heartbeat.

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