Tennis: Roger Federer has survived a close call in the first round of the US Open.
AFTER a long day of waiting around, Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov made quick work of opponents when they finally did get to playing at the U.S. Open.
The sixth-seeded Thiem beat Australian Alex de Minaur 6-4, 6-1, 6-1, and No. 7 Dimitrov followed him in the Grandstand with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 victory over qualifier Vaclav Safranek of the Czech Republic.
Neither match lasted 2 hours, which will come in handy when they have to play again tomorrow as the tournament tries to catch up after rain Tuesday prevented most matches from finishing.
No. 14 Nick Kyrgios won’t be joining them, unable to overcome shoulder pain or fellow Australian John Millman and falling 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Thiem had won the first two sets and the opening game of the third on Tuesday before rain eventually sent players back to the locker room. They returned today to sunny skies and perfect conditions, and Thiem took advantage.
“It was really different, the conditions, between yesterday and today, and my goal was to break immediately, and that’s what I did,” the Austrian said.
Kyrgios was feeling good about his game when he arrived after making the finals in Cincinnati, beating Rafael Nadal along the way. But then he had more problems with his body after he and Millman had traded sets.
Nick Kyrgios on today’s first round loss to John Millman pic.twitter.com/XdAimNPv5w
— Dunc McKenzie McHarg…
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