Day 2 at the U.S. Open was jam-packed with tennis goodness.
Both reigning runner-ups from the men's and women's singles divisions of the 2012 Grand Slam tournament (Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka) were in action on Tuesday, providing us with our first glimpse at their prospective march back for revenge in the final.
Elsewhere, Roger Federer's postponed first-round match against Grega Zemlja was on the docket, as were a multitude of other top-seeded stars looking to assert themselves through a dominating Round 1 performance.
Some succeeded, others went home early.
We'll take a complete look at the second day of the 2013 U.S. Open below, focusing on the results from the singles draws and taking a look at a few top storylines.
*All scores courtesy USOpen.org.
Day 2 Results
|Roger Federer (7) def. Grega Zemlja||6-3, 6-2, 7-5|
|Novak Djokovic (1) def. Ricardas Berankis||6-1, 6-2, 6-2|
|Edouard Roger-Vasselin def. Albert Montanes||6-3, 6-2, 6-4|
|Denis Kudla def. Jiri Vesely||6-2, 6-2, 6-7 (8-6), 7-5|
|Philipp Kohlschreiber (22) def. Collin Altamirano||6-1, 6-3, 6-1|
|Carlos Berlocq def. Santiago Giraldo||6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (8-6), 6-4, 6-2|
|Donald Young def. Martin Klizan||6-1, 6-0, 6-1|
|Maximo Gonzalez def. Jerzy Janowicz||6-4, 6-4, 6-2|
|Jack Sock def. Philipp Petzschner (Retired)||7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 5-2|
|Jarkko Nieminen def. Lukasz Kubot||7-5, 7-5, 6-2|
|Rogerio Dutra Silva def. Vasek Pospisil||4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (11-9), 6-2, 7-6 (12-10)|
|Jeremy Chardy def. Sergiy Stakhovsky||6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4|
|Benjamin Becker def. Lukas Rosol||6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4|
|Gael Monfils def. Adrian Ungur||6-1, 6-2, 6-0|
|Tommy Haas (12) def. Paul-Henri Mathieu||6-4, 6-4, 6-1|
|Julien Benneteau (31) def. Michal Przysiezny||6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4|
|Denis Istomin def. Nicolas Almagro (15)||6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3|
|Adrian Mannarino def. Horacio Zeballos||4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1|
|Joao Sousa def. Grigor Dimitrov||3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2|
|Florian Mayer def. Juan Monaco (28, Retired)||6-4, 6-2, 3-0|
|Pablo Andujar def. Thiemo de Bakker||6-4, 6-4, 6-4|
|Yen-Hsun Lu def. Daniel Gimeno-Traver||6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3|
|John Isner (13) def. Filippo Volandri||6-0, 6-2, 6-3|
|Tomas Berdych (5) def. Paolo Lorenzi||6-1, 6-4, 6-1|
|Tobias Kamke def. Steve Johnson||6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2|
|Milos Raonic (10) def. Thomas Fabbiano||6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3|
|Sam Querrey (26) def. Guido Pella||7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-1, 6-2|
|Petra Kvitova (7) def. Misaki Doi||6-2, 3-6, 6-1|
|Caroline Wozniacki def. Ying-Ying Duan||6-2, 7-5|
|Victoria Azarenka (2) def. Dinah Pfizenmaier||6-0, 6-0|
|Elena Vesnina def. Annika Beck||6-1, 6-1|
|Julia Glushko def. Nadia Petrova||6-3, 6-4|
|Alize Cornet (26) def. Maria Joao Koehler||6-3, 6-2|
|Simona Halep (21) def. Heather Watson||4-6, 6-4, 6-2|
|Bojana Jovanovski def. Andrea Petkovic||6-2, 6-4|
|Peng Shuai def. Yvonne Meusburger||6-3, 6-4|
|Su-Wei Hsieh def. Klara Zakopalova (31)||6-3, 6-3|
|Camila Giorgi def. Jana Cepelova||6-2, 6-2|
|Chanelle Scheepers def. Chanel Simmonds||2-6, 6-2, 6-1|
|Michelle Larcher De Brito def. Eleni Daniilidou||6-4, 6-3|
|Alexandra Dulgheru def. Varvara Lepchenko||6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)|
|Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Mallory Burdette||6-3, 7-5|
|Flavia Pennetta def. Nicole Gibbs||6-0, 6-2|
|Alison Riske def. Tsvetana Pironkova||6-3, 6-3|
|Roberta Vinci (10) def. Timea Babos||6-4, 6-2|
|Elina Svitolina def. Dominika Cibulkova (17)||6-4, 6-3|
|Donna Vekic def. Mariana Duque Marino||7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-2|
|Maria Kirilenko (14) def. Yanina Wickmayer||6-1, 6-1|
|Sachia Vickery def. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni||6-4, 6-4|
|Karin Knapp def. Grace Min||6-3, 6-1|
|Daniela Hantuchova def. Maria Sanchez||7-5, 6-2|
|Mona Barthel def. Johanna Larsson||6-1, 6-4|
|Lucie Safarova def. Lesya Tsurenko||6-3, 2-6, 6-4|
|Ajla Tomljanovic def. Casey Dellacqua||3-6, 6-1, 6-4|
|Aleksandra Wozniak def. Vesna Dolonc||7-5, 7-6 (7-5)|
|Ana Ivanovic (13) def. Anna Tatishvili||6-2, 6-0|
|Christina McHale def. Julia Goerges||6-4, 6-3|
|Sara Errani (4) def. Olivia Rogowska||6-0, 6-0|
|Victoria Duval def. Samantha Stosur (11)||5-7, 6-4, 6-4|
Top Men Cruising
Looking for an upset on the men's singles side of the draw? Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer, Tommy Haas, Milos Raonic and John Isner were unwilling to oblige your request.
Each highly ranked seed handled their opponent with relative ease on Tuesday, each winning their match without dropping a set.
Djokovic and Federer were easily the biggest names on the men's side who participated on Day 2. The two former champions made short work of their opponents, and as noted by Tennis.com on Twitter, Federer needed less than an hour to complete two-thirds of his afternoon:
Elsewhere, sleepers Haas, Berdych and Isner all had strong showings against opponents who had an upset on the brain.
Isner, the best chance for the United States to keep the trophy in America, took care of Filippo Volandri quickly by losing only five games in three sets. Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times is excited for Isner's next opponent.
Very excited for the Isner-Monfils second rounder, would make a great Ashe night session. Their matches have always been epics. #USOpen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) August 27, 2013
With two more top men's seeds (Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro) scheduled to take the court on Thursday, we're only getting the tip of the iceberg when it comes to catching the sport's biggest stars in action.
Azarenka, Errani Put Together Impressive Double Bagels
It's not often you see professional tennis players posting zeros in their opponent's game-per-set total.
Two different women accomplished the feat—and twice individually, no less—on Tuesday.
Azarenka and Sara Errani did more than cruise in their opening-round matches. The pair combined to surrender zero games in their respective matches, showcasing a dominant display of prowess consistent with what you would expect from two of the top women in the draw.
As noted by Rothenberg, their performances were the second and third "double bagel" of the Open:
Victoria Azarenka beats Dinah Pfizenmaier 6-0, 6-0, the third double bagel of the first round (Suarez Navarro, Errani). #usopen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) August 28, 2013
It will take quite the performance to outlast Serena Williams and a talented field of women's contenders, but Errani and Azarenka are off to a great start in accomplishing that feat.
Janowicz, Stosur Highlight Round 1 Upsets
There were quite a few upsets during the second day of opening-round action, but Samantha Stosur and Jerzy Janowicz were the two biggest names who were toppled before their tournament could ever really begin.
On the men's side, Janowicz was a sleeper pick and the No. 14 seed after finishing in the top four at Wimbledon earlier this year.
He barely stayed on the court for three sets with qualifier Maximo Gonzalez, losing in straight frames. According to ESPN's Chris Fowler an injury was to blame:
Wimbledon sensation Jerzy Janowicz out of #UsOpen quickly. Hurt back in gym Saturday, couldn't serve today despite painkillers, he says— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) August 27, 2013
On the women's side, 2011 U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur was quietly gaining recognition as a sleeper because of her draw and experience at the event.
Victoria Davis made sure she's making other plans for her trip to New York.
As noted by Sports Illustrated's Beyond the Baseline Twitter account, it was an upset that no one predicted:
An upset no one saw coming: 17yo US qualifier Vicky Duval (WR296) knocks out 2011 USO champ Sam Stosur 57 64 64 for 1st Slam win. #usopen— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) August 28, 2013
After dropping the first set, Davis stormed back. She won the next two sets in 6-4, 6-4 fashion to take down the former Grand Slam champion, and gained national notoriety in doing so.
ESPN Tennis was quick to post this tweet after Davis became the latest American woman to burst on to the scene:
2013 US Open -- Victoria Duval surprises, upsets Sam Stosur in first round http://t.co/i9Q0gy0Lo5— ESPNTennis (@ESPNTennis) August 28, 2013
Upsets have been a big part of the four major tournaments this year, and the U.S. Open has been no different. To deny that an upset is going to occur is a mistake of grand proportions and is something to keep in mind the rest of the way.
Day 3 Notable Matches
|Andy Murray (3) vs. Michael Llodra||Men's singles, Round 1|
vs. Juan Martin del Potro (6)
|Men's singles, Round 1|
|Lleyton Hewitt vs. Brian Baker||Men's singles, Round 1|
|James Blake vs. Ivo Karlovic||Men's singles, Round 1|
|Stanislas Wawrinka (9) vs. Radek Stepanek||Men's singles, Round 2|
|Serena Williams (1) vs. Galina Voskoboeva||Women's singles, Round 2|
|Sofia Arvidsson vs. Li Na (5)||Women's singles, Round 2|
|Eugenie Bouchard vs. Angelique Kerber (8)||Women's singles, Round 2|
|Agnieszka Radwanska (3)
vs. Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor
|Women's singles, Round 2|
|Jelena Jankovic (9) vs. Alisa Kleybanova||Women's singles, Round 2|
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