U.S. Open Day 2 after dark: Murray defeats Kyrgios; Kvitova advances
NEW YORK – Andy Murray and Nick Kyrgios played the most anticipated men’s opening round match on Tuesday night under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Check out the Day 2 day session recap here, and catch up with news and results from Day 2 after 7 p.m. at the U.S. Open below.
Andy Murray prevails in Tuesday’s marquee matchup: Murray’s meeting with controversial wunderkind Nick Kyrgios was the most-hyped matchup of the opening round, but Murray looked comfortable in a 7–5, 6–3, 4–6, 6–1 win over the Australian on Arthur Ashe. After Kyrgios won the third set, Murray quickly regained control of the match, dominating the fourth set in just 28 minutes. Murray remains perfect against Kyrgios, who quickly exits the U.S. Open after making at least the third round of this year’s other Grand Slams, including a quarterfinals appearance in Melbourne. Murray will play Adrian Mannarino in the second round.
The Kyrgios show: Kyrgios is nothing if not entertaining. Against Murray, Kyrgios went between-the-legs (twice), whiffed an overhead and acted as if he was sleeping during a changeover.
Stan The Man advances in straight sets: French Open champion Stan Wawrinka hasn’t received as much attention as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Murray entering the U.S. Open, but the tournament’s No. 5 seed started his tournament strong with a straight-sets win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas at Louis Armstrong Stadium. Wawrinka smashed 53 winners in his 7–5, 6–4, 7–6(6) victory against the Spaniard. After the match, Wawrinka labeled his performance a “little bit up and down,” but said that he feels good physically. The Swiss will play 19-year-old Hyeon Chung in the second round.
After a strong summer, Jack Sock kicks off his Open with a win: Just 22-years-old, Jack Sock is one of the most promising Americans on tour. This summer, he made the fourth round of the French Open and took Rafael Nadal to four sets, and in the lead-up to the U.S. Open he recorded wins over Richard Gasquet and Grigor Dimitrov (whom he also beat at Roland Garros). On Tuesday, he eased past Victor Estrella Burgos 6–2, 6–3, 6–2 to advance to the second round following his first round exit last year. Sock will face Ruben Bemelmans on Thursday.
Sam Stosur quietly advances: Don’t look now, but 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur looks like a good candidate to make her first U.S. Open quarterfinal since 2012. Stosur—who beat Serena Williams in the 2011 U.S. Open final—dispatched Timea Babos 6–3, 6–4 on Tuesday. Stosur, who hasn't made it past the third round of a Grand Slam this year, will face Evgeniya Rodina on Thursday.
Petra Kvitova advances with ease: With the likes of No. 6 Lucie Safarova and No. 7 Ana Ivanovic among the players upset in the opening round, No. 5 Petra Kvitova could have been a candidate for a similar surprise. But the two-time Wimbledon champion was sharp in Tuesday’s Arthur Ashe finale, knocking off Laura Siegemund 6–1, 6–1. The Czech Republic native only recorded eight unforced errors on the night. Kvitova, who will meet American Nicole Gibbs in the second round, has never made it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.
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