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
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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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