Again, rain was the biggest problem at US Open. The schedule has been changed at least 5 or 6 times, many players were having problems with warming up, but there isn’t much you can do against nature.
The situation on the courts was, on the other hand, very interesting, and it provided many good matches with several unexpected results.
Several of the high-seeded players were confident and cruised to the second round, some of the favorites got eliminated, and we saw youngsters stepping up and claiming their share of the fame.
Nick Kyrgios suffered defeat against John Millman, and finished his appearance at Flushing Meadows. After 4 sets, a lot of cursing, and the usual stuff that goes along with the performances of the young Australian, one of the potential favorites lost with 1-3, 3-6, 6-1, 4-6, 1-6. It seems that Kygrios mental strength is still not on a level which would allow him to make some major results.
Tomas Berdych didn’t have such problems. The Czech eliminated the home crowd favorite, Ryan Harrison, easily, without putting too much effort 3-0 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(4).
The champion from Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, Grigor Dimitrov was extremely confident against Vaclav Safranek, and the Bulgarian dominated throughout the whole event, 3-0 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.
Dominic Thiem did the exact same thing against De Minaur from Australia 3-0 6-4, 6-1, 6-1. The Austrian player was looking very good.
The crowd saw one of their favorite champions, Juan Martin del Potro, who had a clash with Laaksonen from Switzerland. The Argentinian had slight problems, and in the second and the third set, he had to play a tie-break. Fortunately for him, in both situations, he had more nerves, and in the end, he advanced to the second round, 3-0 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(5).
In our opinion, the highlight of the day was the clash between Borna Coric and Alexander Zverev. These two youngsters are going to have many more fights in future, and probably some of them are going to be in the finals, maybe even of some Grand Slams.
Last night the Croat won a thriller match, with two tie-breaks and after losing the first set, 3-1. 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(1), 7-6(4).
Despite what everyone predicted, that Zverev, who was the 4th seed, is going to go far in New York this year, he couldn’t endure the tempo after several great results this boy provided.
Coric and Zverev have a long history dating back from the junior days.
“I don’t see it as a big rivalry. I think we all have our paths, our careers. We need to go in our way. I’m trying not to look at the other guys. Trying to look at myself, to improve my game, to improve my tennis.” Coric said.
One other young player shined during the third day.
After Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro and sensations in Cincinnati, Denis Shapovalov had swept Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 3-0, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(3).
”So this win, it’s definitely another confidence boost. It shows that Montreal wasn’t a fluke week. To do it back-to-back, it’s not easy. I’ve had to go through qualifying, which is also stacked with super tough players.” said the Canadian youngster who was excellent in New York, after he went trough qualifications with only one set lost.