IT was business as usual for top seeds as they marched their way into the second round of US Open 2016. Andy Murray was at his dominating best during his 6-3 6-2 6-2 win over Lukas Rosol in the last match of the evening session. In other first-round action on Day 2 at the year’s last Grand Slam tournament, Serena Williams started her bid for a record-breaking 23rd major title by showing zero signs of trouble from a right shoulder she’s said was sore, hitting 12 aces in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Ekaterina Makarova. Also under the lights later: Andy Murray vs. Lukas Rosol. Earlier, Williams’ sister Venus got through a tougher-than-expected 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 win against Kateryna Kozlova. In the big upset of the day, Ana Ivanovic crashed out in the first round. The match of the day was when Dominic Thiem survived John Millman scare to enter Rd 2 with 6-3 2-6 7-5 6-4 6-3 win. For Stan Wawrinka too, it was a usual day at the office as he registered a straight-sets win to enter the second round.
US Open 2016, Day 2: As it happened
0837 hrs IST: Game, Set, Match, Murray! The Brit marches into Rd 2 with a 6-3 6-2 6-2 win over Lukas Rosol
0831 hrs IST: Murray breaks again, and he, 5-2 up, will now serve for game, set, match
0828 hrs IST: Like it has been throughout the match, Murray follows the break with a clinical. He’s now comfortably placed at 4-2 in third set
0826 hrs IST: Elsewhere, Illya Marchenko beats Ivan Dodig 6-3 6-4 6-7 7-5 in the men’s singles contest
0823 hrs IST: Murray with break in the third set, and it puts him 3-2 ahead of Rosol. He will now serve to extend his lead
0817 hrs IST: Two holds each by Murray and Rosol in the third set so far. If he needs to put Murray under pressure, Rosol needs to produce the break
0808 hrs IST: Rosol needs a special effort to take the game into the fourth set. The way Murray is playing at the moment, the match is heading towards a three-set finish
0806 hrs IST: Encouraging start for the Czech as he begins the third set against Murray with a hold
0801 hrs IST: Andy Murray takes the second set 6-2. In complete control of the Rd 1 contest against Rosol
0751 hrs IST: Murray using the court well in the second set and toying with his opponent. The Brit leads 4-1, and is a point away from making it 5-1
0739 hrs IST: Murray with another break and he races to a 3-0 lead over Rosol in 2nd set
0737 hrs IST: Early break, comfortable hold! Andy Murray leads 2-0 in the second set
0734 hrs IST: Murray with some momentum in the second set as he breaks Rosol early, and leads his opponent 30-0 in the second game
0727 hrs IST: Andy Murray takes the first set against Lukas Rosol 6-3. The Czech put up a brave show, but in patches
0724 hrs IST: From 0-40 down, Rosol fights back to hold serve; stay alive in first set. Murray to serve at 5-3
0722 hrs IST: 0-40 down, Rosol puts up a brave show to make it 40-40 in the eighth game in the opening set
0718 hrs IST: Hold after the break by Murray puts pressure on Rosol as he, 2-5 down, surves to stay alive in the first set
0714 hrs IST: Long, long game and Murray with the break to move 4-2 up in the first set against Rosol
0711 hrs IST: A very long serving game by Rosol as players continue to battle in the middle. Deuce, advantage, back to deuce, and the pattern continues
0704 hrs IST: A hold for Rosol and the first set, at 2-2, remains on serve. And Murray’s another hold continues the pattern
0658 hrs IST: Murray with the hold but we are starting to see long rallies, early in the contest
0653 hrs IST: Rosol responds with a clinical hold to level 1-1 with Murray in the first set
0651 hrs IST: From 0-30 down, Murray holds serve to take 1-0 lead in the opening set against Rosol. Not an ideal start, but a better finish to the game by Murray
0646 hrs IST: Similar tactics by Rosol as his drop tests Murray who reaches out, manages to make contact but doesn’t produce the return. Two early points for the Czech
0644 hrs IST: Rosol with a big overhand, follows it up with a nice volley. Murray sprints forward, stretches for the return but fails to keep in play
0638 hrs IST: Murray was knocked out in the fourth round last year, and last won the title four years ago in 2012
0637 hrs IST: Wimbledon title, Olympic gold medal in Rio! It has been a sensational summer for Andy Murray
0635 hrs IST: Murray and Rosol are out in the middle for the final match of the evening session. Murray is in top form and he would like to continue with the same as he begins his US Open campaign
0631 hrs IST: Dominic Thiem survives John Millman scare, enters Rd 2 with 6-3 2-6 7-5 6-4 6-3 win
0622 hrs IST: Next up it’s Wimbledon 2016 winner and Rio 2016 Olympics gold medallist Andy Murray against Lukas Rosol
0621 hrs IST: In other result, Nick Kyrgios beats Aljaz Bedene 6-4 6-4 6-4 to enter the second round
0617 hrs IST: Powerful return and Serena converts her third match point. Beats Makarova 6-3 6-3 to advance to Rd 2
0615 hrs IST: The American hits two long to make it 40-30, but still has a match point
0614 hrs IST: Serena on the offensive as she earns three match points
0612 hrs IST: Holds from each player and the second set, at 5-3, remains in Serena’s favour
0603 hrs IST: Like in the first set, Serena follows the early break with a comfortable hold. Moves 4-2 ahead. Makarova under pressure now
0601 hrs IST: Set up, Serena finds the early break in the second to move 3-2 up against Makarova
0554 hrs IST: The second starts with holds and it’s 2-1 in Makarova’s favour at the moment. Serena to serve!
0551 hrs IST: Agnieszka Radwanska storms into Rd 2 with a 6-1 6-1 win over Jessica Pegula. Nick Kyrgios is two sets up against Aljaz Bedene, and leads 3-2 in the third
0542 hrs IST: Big serve, and it’s game, set Serena. She takes it 6-3 against Makarova
0540 hrs IST: Makarova returns everything thrown at her by Serena and pockets the point as the American’s backhand slice finds the net
0538 hrs IST: Makarova stays alive with the hold but she needs to break Serena now. Looks unlikely as the world no.1 has been serving really well so far
0535 hrs IST: Break follows a comfortable hold, and Serena races to 5-2 lead. Pressure on Makarova as she now serves for survival
0533 hrs IST: Serena with the early break, and she moves 4-2 up in the first set against Makarova
0532 hrs IST: Makarova’s backhand return finds the net, and Serena gets a break point
0531 hrs IST: Serena hits the forehand long, and wide, and fails to convert the break point. Still in the game with the scores level at 40-40
0528 hrs IST: Elsewhere, Radwanska continues to dominate Pegula as she leads 3-0 in 2nd set
0527 hrs IST: The holds continue. Can Serena, 3-2 up, produce the first break of the match?
0525 hrs IST: Strong serving game for Makarova as she pockets it without dropping a point, level 2-2 in 1st set against Serena
0524 hrs IST: All is not looking good for Dominic Thiem as he’s 1-2 behind no.66 Millman in Rd 1 contest
0521 hrs IST: Comfortable hold for Serena and it’s a 2-1 advantage in her favour
0518 hrs IST: Serena puts pressure on Makarova to make it 40-40, from 15-40, but the left-hander bends one away from the world no.1 to take advantage and then seal the following point to level 1-1
0516 hrs IST: Serena Williams takes court, and in no time she holds serve to take 1-0 lead
0514 hrs IST: 6-1, and Radwanska takes the opening set in convincing fashion. Elsewhere, Millman takes the third set 7-5; now leads Thiem 2-1 in the Rd 1 contest
0507 hrs IST: Thiem and Millman are playing a quality game on the outside courts. One set each under their belt, they are locked at 5-5 in the third
0504 hrs IST: Agnieszka Radwanska dominates Jessica Pegula in Rd 1 as she races to a 4-0 lead in the opening set
0501 hrs IST: In other matches, Radek Stepanek is one set down while Dominic Thiem and John Millman look set for a lengthy clash
0458 hrs IST: Aljaz Bedene fights back but Kyrgios holds his own to pocket the opening set 6-4
0448 hrs IST: Serena Williams opening round contest against Ekaterina Makarova is less than twenty minutes away
0440 hrs IST: Nick Kyrgios leads Aljaz Bedene 5-2 in the opening set, of his opening round. Plenty of tennis going on at the moment. The star attractions to headline the evening session which gets underway shortly
0435 hrs IST: Extended day session means the evening matches featuring Andy Murray and Serena Williams, in their respective Rd 1 contest, have been pushed a bit
0430 hrs IST: Juan Martin Del Potro beats Diego Schwartzman 6-4 6-4 7-6. In other results, Venus Williams is through to the next round with a 6-2 5-7 6-4 win over Kateryna Kozlova
0254 hrs IST: Juan Martin Del Potro wins the first set 6-4 while Schwartzman gets treatment on his left wrist
0251 hrs IST: Venus Williams is up in the second set. Of the 15 games in this match, 10 have been breaks…
0219 hrs IST: Del Potro is up a break in the first set and he leads 2-1 against Schwartzman
0217 hrs IST: Venus Williams with a smash putaway at the net and she wins the first set 6-2
0156 hrs IST: Huge, huge cheer as American Donaldson beats number 12 seed Goffin 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-0
0156 hrs IST: Halep missed a double bagel earlier but Suarez Navarro provides it over Pereira
0142 hrs IST: And warming up on Arthur Ashe Court is….
History in the making!
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0135 hrs IST: Big win for Siniakova who sends Bouchard packing! No 77 Czech wins 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
0131 hrs IST: And Sam Querrey is out in the first round! He loses 6-7, 7-6, 3-6, 3-6 to Janko Tipsarevic
0129 hrs IST: Inside out forehand winner by Donaldson and he’s up two sets to one over David Goffin. Goffin had the chance to extend this set but let it go
0114 hrs IST: Stan Wawrinka: “I really like the nickname ‘Stanimal’ especially when I play in a five-setter”
0110 hrs IST: Verdasco sends forehand long and Wawrinka saves break point to win 7-6, 6-4, 6-4
0109 hrs IST: Meanwhile, 2011 champion Sam Stosur through to the second round after beating Camila Giorgi 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-1
0104 hrs IST: Wawrinka sends backhand narrowly wide and Verdasco holds. But Swiss to serve for match at 5-4 in third
0100 hrs IST: Another match complete: This time Bacsinszky is through to the next round with a comfortable 6-1, 6-1 win
0029 hrs IST: Verdasco sends his shot long and Wawrinka takes the second set 6-4. He’s now two sets up
0021 hrs IST: Verdasco saves a set point but Wawrinka will still serve for the second at 5-4
0006 hrs IST: Philipp Kohlschreiber retires at two sets down to Nicolas Mahut on Court 13
0003 hrs IST: Siniakova takes the first set 6-3 over Bouchard who had last year sued the US Open…
0000 hrs IST: David Ferrer through to the next round after Alexandr Dolgopolov pulls out when the Spaniard led 6-5
2358 hrs IST: And Wawrinka gets the first break of the match with a volley putaway at the net. Leads 2-1 in the second
2345 hrs IST: Verdasco with an errant forehand that sails long and Wawrinka clenches fist. Wins first set 7-6
2345 hrs IST: Forehand into the net by Stan at 6-3 on three set point chances
2342 hrs IST: Wawrinka with his trademark one-handed backhand winner down the line and he is up 4-2 in the tiebreak
2338 hrs IST: Verdasco ace keeps the set on serve and into the tiebreak he goes against Wawrinka
2330 hrs IST: Meanwhile Nadal is practicing on the side courts
2325 hrs IST: Wawrinka holds serve with authority and he leads 5-4 in the first set vs Verdasco. Stays on serve
2323 hrs IST: Alexander Zverev serves it out in the tiebreak and wins 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 vs Brands. Up next: Daniel Evans
2320 hrs IST: Upset alert on upset king as Sam Querrey drops first set 6-7 to Janko Tipsarevic
2311 hrs IST: It is on serve between Verdasco and Wawrinka. The Spaniard serving at 3-4
2310 hrs IST: Daniel Brands breaks Zverev at 4-5 in the fourth set in all German contest.
2259 hrs IST: Uh-oh! Double fault by Cervantes on 7-7 and match point Dimitrov. Cervantes sends backhand wide and Number 22 seed Grigor Dimitrov is through. Dimitrov to face Jeremy Chardy next
2257 hrs IST: Nishikori through to the second round after dropping a set. Wins 6-1, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 vs Becker
2256 hrs IST: Cervantes has a chance to win the third set but Dimitrov holds on the serve. 6-6 now
2244 hrs IST: Verdasco and Wawrinka are warming up on Arthur Ashe Stadium
2235 hrs IST: Cervantes is forcing Dimitrov forward. 5-5 in the third set after the Bulgarian won the first two sets
2230 hrs IST: More completed matches: Safarova beats Gavrilova 6-4, 6-4; Hogenkamp beats Watson 6-2, 7-5
2157 hrs IST: Nadia Comaneci in attendance on Arthur Ashe to watch Halep play.
2155 hrs IST: And on Louis Armstrong, a surprise of sorts as World No 89 Allertova beats Ivanovic 7-6, 6-1
2154 hrs IST: Halep with an inside out forehand winner and she wins 6-0, 6-2
2153 hrs IST: Just one match complete so far today: Shvedova winning 6-2, 6-3 over Arruabarrena
2151 hrs IST: Flipkens follows that up with a hold. 5-2 now in the second
2148 hrs IST: Huge cheer by the crowd as Halep’s backhand goes long and Flipkens is finally on the board
2144 hrs IST: How do you say “that’s a bagel” in Romanian? Halep to serve at 6-0, 5-0
2137 hrs IST: On Grandstand, Nishikori is having an easy time over Becker. Takes the second set 6-1 too
2130 hrs IST: Ivanovic loses the first set 6-7 after serving for the set at 6-5 to Czech Allertova
2125 hrs IST: On Louis Armstrong, Ivanovic had a chance to put first set to bed at 6-5 but was broken. In the tiebreak it is 3-2 to Allertova
2125 hrs IST: Halep continues the dominance by breaking Flipkens in the first game of the second set too. No respite for the Belgian
2118 hrs IST: Flipkens sends running backhand wide and Halep holds to take first set 6-0.
2115 hrs IST: Oh two break points for Flipkens then to get on the board. Halep saves one with a down the line winner. And on the next Flipkens sends her forehand long. Deuce.
2112 hrs IST: Just not going well for Flipkens on Arthur Ashe. Halep is now 5-0 up
2110 hrs IST: Double fault by Becker and that hands Nishikori the first set 6-1
2105 hrs IST: Halep extends the advantage with a smash and is now 3-0 up. Nishikori also bulldozing past Becker 5-1
2100 hrs IST: Halep breaks Flipkens in just the first game and then holds serve with a down the line winner. 2-0
2055 hrs IST: Nishikori’s backhand sails long and Becker is on board. 2-1 to the Japanese
2051 hrs IST: Nishikori starts by breaking Becker’s serve and then comfortably puts away the smash to consolidate it. 2-0 up
2043 hrs IST: Key first matches: Flipkens vs Halep (Arthur Ashe), Allertova vs Ivanovic (Louis Armstrong), Nishikori vs Becker (New Grandstand), Zverev vs Brand (Court 5), Safarova vs Gavrilova (Old Grandstand), Cervantes vs Dimitrov (Court 11)
2030 hrs IST: Play about to commence soon at Flushing Meadows!
Serena Williams hadn’t played much coming into the Grand Slam tournament. An injury hampered her preparation, and she served miserably in the match.
That was the story in the fourth round of the 2012 Australian Open, when a young Russian lefty named Ekaterina Makarova stunned Williams in straight sets. The victory fueled Makarova’s surge up the rankings, and by the 2014 U.S. Open, she was in the top 20 and facing the American in the semifinals.
That day is a much more pleasant memory for Williams, a 6-1, 6-3 win that was part of a dominant run to the title. It’s the kind of form she’s hoping to regain as she begins her bid for a record 23rd major title.
But Williams has played just three singles matches since Wimbledon, hindered by a right shoulder injury. In her last outing, a third-round loss to Elina Svitolina in the Olympics, her serve deserted her much as it did against Makarova in Melbourne 4 1/2 years ago.
“Usually I prefer to play more coming into the final Grand Slam of the year, but there is nothing we can do about it,” Williams said Friday. “You just have to make the best of every single opportunity. That’s all I can do now.”
And she won’t get a chance to ease into the U.S. Open, the luck of the draw was not kind to the top-ranked Williams. Makarova just missed out on a seed and is No. 29 this week.
They’ll open the night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday.
Other matches to watch on Day 2 of the U.S. Open:
NOBODY LIKES LUKAS: In the nightcap on Ashe, second-seeded Andy Murray faces Lukas Rosol. The last time they met, Murray wound up grumbling across the court to his opponent: “No one likes you on the tour, everyone hates you.”
It all started when Rosol appeared to intentionally bump Murray during a changeover in that quarterfinal match at Munich in 2015. Murray later expressed some regret for his choice of words if not for his intentions in standing up to Rosol, who has a reputation for such gamesmanship.
On Friday, Murray said he and Rosol hashed things out after the match and “I have actually gotten along fine with him apart from that day.”
The 81st-ranked Rosol, who upset Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2012, will probably need much more than intimidation tactics to knock Murray off his game Tuesday. Murray has won 33 of his last 35 matches, picking up a second Wimbledon title and second Olympic gold medal along the way.
DEL POTRO’S BACK: Since winning the 2009 title, Juan Martin del Potro has missed three of the last six U.S. Opens because of injuries. He’s back at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2013, playing fellow Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the first round Tuesday.
Ranked 142nd after three left wrist surgeries, del Potro needed a wild card to get into the tournament. But since the start of Wimbledon, he’s defeated three of the U.S. Open’s top four seeds. Tuesday will give the first indication of how physically and emotionally drained he still is from his stunning run to a silver medal at the Olympics.
FLIPPING OUT: Venus Williams hasn’t played a singles match since an early exit in Rio, either though she did wind up winning silver in mixed doubles. The sixth-seeded American opens her tournament against 93rd-ranked Kateryna Kozlova on Tuesday.
The player who beat Williams in the first round at the Olympics, Kirsten Flipkens, gets another chance to upset a top-10 opponent when she meets fifth-seeded Simona Halep.