Rain fell on Flushing Meadows interrupting the first day of play at the U.S. Open, but the forced break was short enough that all of the day's scheduled matches were completed, and it was a fairly interesting first day.
There were a few upsets, and some good performances from top seeds. Check out the scores, and we'll discuss some of the more notable first-day events.
Here is a full list of all scores from the tournament. Below are some of the more notable outcomes of the first day.
Andy Murray (3) defeated Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-2, 6-4, 6-1
Jack Sock defeated Florian Mayer (22) 6-3, 6-2, 3-2 (Mayer retired from the match)
James Blake defeated Lukas Lacko 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Roger Federer (1) defeated Donald Young 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
Samantha Stosur (7) defeated Petra Martic 6-1, 6-1
Sorana Cirstea defeated Sabine Lisicki (16) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Kristyna Pliskova defeated Julia Goerges (18) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
Day's Biggest Upset
Sabine Lisicki, 22, has shown the talent that has led many to come to the conclusion that she will someday win a Grand Slam event. She very well might, but it is not going to be the 2012 U.S. Open.
Lisicki was ousted in the first round by lightly-regarded Sorana Cristea 6-4, 2-6, 2-6. This loss continues a downward trend for Lisicki.
She has lost her last three matches and is just 16-17 on the year.
Defending Champ Cruises
Defending U.S. Open champ Samantha Stosur destroyed her first-round opponent, Petra Martic.
Any suspense in this matchup was quickly eliminated as Stosur won the match's first 19 points on her way to a 6-1, 6-1 win. This is how defending champs are supposed to handle the first round, but it was reasonable to expect Stosur would not have this easy a time of it.
Stosur has not won an event this year and, not long ago in Madrid, Martic pushed Stosur to three sets. Stosur wasn't having it. She was aggressive and efficient and dominated by readily approaching the net.
She is not going to give up her title without a fight.
Could This be the First Grand Slam Title for Andy Murray?
Andy Murray has held the title of best active player to have not won a major for some time. However, with Rafael Nadal out, Novak Djokovic slipping from last year's dominance and Murray beating Federer to win the gold at the Olympic Games, there is reason enough to think that it could be Murray's time.
He did nothing to disprove that on Monday. Murray easily defeated Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-2, 6-4, 6-1, and he did so while battling a bit of adversity.
The Los Angeles Times' Diane Pucin passed along this post-match quote from Murray:
I got a little bit of cramps. I need to stay better hydrated.
While his performance was promising, the fact that he had a few temper tantrums during this match, as Pucin points out, is not.
Murray has often been derailed by his emotions. He has improved in that regard, but he will have to get them in check if he wants to capture this title.
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