New York: Defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal sent close friend David Ferrer into Grand Slam retirement when his veteran compatriot was forced to quit their first-round match with injury, but former winners Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka made successful returns to New York.
Ferrer, a former world number three 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. Top seed Nadal had taken the opener 6-3.
Murray beats Duckworth
Former world number one Murray marked his first Grand Slam tournament in 14 months with a 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 win over Australia’s James Duckworth. Wawrinka, the 2016 champion, swept to a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium to repeat his opening round triumph over Dimitrov at Wimbledon.
Serena Williams returns in style
Serena Williams made a triumphant return to the US Open on Monday, opening her bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title with a 6-4, 6-0 first-round victory over Magda Linette.
At 38 years old, it’s not surprising to find that Venus Williams is playing in her 20th career US Open since first competing here in 1997. Williams has never lost a first-round match at the US Open after she scored a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win over Russian wild-card recipient Svetlana Kuznetsova