Day 2 of the U.S. Open isn't yet in the books, but the early action has provided plenty of drama and big names in action as the tennis in New York continues to sizzle.
Will the top seeds keep on cruising? Will the American men in action give the host nation hope they'll be able to crown a champion? Who will be the early victims of upsets?
Below, we'll take a look back at the early scores and recap the action thus far as Round 1 continues.
|No. 13 John Isner||7||6||7|
|Jack Sock (Retired)||4||6||1|
|No. 10 Kei Nishikori||6||6||6|
|No. 15 Fabio Fognini||6||6||6|
|No. 25 Ivo Karlovic||6||6||3||6|
|No. 28 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez||6||6||6|
|Victor Estrella Burgos||2||6||6||6|
Chalk generally held for the men in the early going on Tuesday, as top players like No. 10 Kei Nishikori, No. 13 John Isner and No. 15 Fabio Fognini all moved on without much incident. In fact, none of the five seeded players in action to open the day failed to advance.
Of course, there wasn't a ton of star power on display in these early matches. But for fans in the United States hoping to see an American man break through at the Grand Slams, all eyes will be on Isner.
While Marcos Giron gave him all he could handle over three sets, Isner managed to advance in his usual fashion, leaning on his serve. The powerful server blasted 26 aces and not only won 86 percent of his first serve points, but also 85 percent of his second serve points.
Suffice to say, he kept Giron on his heels throughout the match, as the challenger never so much as forced a break point.
Another American, Sam Querrey, had more of a battle on his hands, per Lynn Zinser of The New York Times:
Querrey was on particularly high alert, and for good reason. His first-round match against Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina, the kind of defense-first player who makes power players like Querrey sweat for reasons other than the weather, was just as arduous as he might have imagined. His 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory took 2 hours 53 minutes and produced buckets of sweat.
'It’s always tough in the first round here,' Querrey said. 'Maximo played great. I’m just happy to get through.'
He wasn't focusing on the battle behind him but the battle ahead, however, telling Zinser after the match that, "I want to come out and be aggressive, really use my forehand and go after the returns. If I do that and serve well, I think I’ll be OK.”
Fans of the host nation will certainly hope he is. He and Isner are the country's best hope at seeing an American man win this year's U.S. Open.
|No. 8 Ana Ivanovic||6||6|
|No. 24 Sam Stosur||6||6|
|No. 20 Svetlana Kuznetsova||6||2||6|
|No. 32 Shuai Zhang||1||2|
|No. 30 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova||6||6|
|Alison Van Uytvanck||5||2|
|No. 29 Casey Dellacqua||7||6|
|No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard||6||6|
In general, the top women playing early on Tuesday advanced without much incident, as No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard, No. 8 Ana Ivanovic and No. 24 Sam Stosur cruised to relatively easy victories, while No. 11 Flavia Pennetta had a bit more of a battle on her hands but survived a tough challenge from Julia Goerges to win in three sets.
In all, seven of the nine seeded players in action were able to advance.
But No. 20 Svetlana Kuznetsova and No. 32 Shuai Zhang weren't amongst them. The former lost a three-set battle to Marina Erakovic, while the latter was smoked by Mona Barthel. That continued Zhang's rather dreadful form at the Grand Slams, per Carl Bialik of FiveThirtyEight:
Shuai Zhang, No. 32 seed yet 0-12 in Grand Slam singles main draws after 6-1, 6-2, loss today to Mona Barthel. http://t.co/t5TPiTwz3R— Carl Bialik (@CarlBialik) August 26, 2014
Even Tony Romo thinks that record on the big stage is pretty poor.
And the loss of Kuznetsova, the 2004 U.S. Open chance, could also clear the way for another primary contender at this year's tournament, per Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times:
Kuznetsova's exit opens up the draw considerably for the untested Victoria Azarenka, who now won't face a seed in the first week. #usopen— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) August 26, 2014
It will be interesting to see how the tournament starts to shake out as even more elite players start to join the proceedings. Certainly on the women's side of the draw, Tuesday was a reminder that a high seed doesn't guarantee you anything early on.
That wasn't the case on Monday, when the only seeded player to lose was No. 25 Garbine Muguruza. In general, the best players have been moving on thus far.
But with the possibility of an upset around every corner, the top contenders can't take these early rounds for granted. That much has been made clear thus far on Tuesday.