The U.S. Open finally opened it's gates to the 128 men and 128 women, all vying to become the next Grand Slam champion. On Monday, every player started out equal, the score 0-0. When the dust had settled, many had been eliminated, their run over.
One of the winners was American Mardy Fish, who continued his hot summer with a three-set victory over Tobias Kamke.
However, it wasn't just the big names out on court. Everywhere around the grounds players battled in front of small crowds on tiny courts, hoping to win, escape the oblivion of the first round and make a push for the opportunity to play in the second week.
Today the first round continues, and while some of the top seeds are sure to continue through the draw, some will surely fail.
Maybe this upset won’t come as too big a shock to you.
Jesse Huta Galung certainly won’t make any new fans when he faces James Blake in the first round. No matter how much Blake falters, he still owns the hearts of every U.S. Open goer.
However, this 25-year-old from the Netherlands has serious game.
He swept through the qualifying round, dropping just one set. He has got a powerful first serve and his hot play won’t be a good mix with Blake's recent drop in the ranks. Look for Galung to take control in the first set and run from there to a four-set victory.
Stanislas Wawrinka has always been the number two player in Switzerland, behind Roger Federer.
For that reason, his talent has been somewhat overshadowed over the years. Coming into the tournament seeded 14th, Wawrinka is in a draw in which he could very possibly reach the quarterfinals.
The 26-year-old can basically walk into the third-round, as he will face Maximo Gonzalez first with the potential to see either Donald Young or Lucas Lacko in the 2nd round.
The big upset I see for Stan is a victory over Robin Soderling in the round of 16. Sodering has been battling injuries this summer and is definitely vulnerable.
Ernests Gulbis from Latvia is probably the most talented player that you may have never heard of. Although Gulbis tends to falter in Grand Slams, the kid has a seriously powerful game that can devastate even the best players when its on.
Although he is ranked 55th in the world right now, he has topped out at No. 21, and you may remember him from his fourth-round run at the U.S. Open in 2007.
He will face Mikhail Youzhny, the 16-seed from Russia in the first round. Expect Gulbis, if he’s playing well, to dominate that match. He may have some tough luck come round four when he will likely face the defending champion Rafael Nadal. That being said, Gulbis on a good day could make that a very entertaining match.
Ivo Karlovic, or as some call him, Dr. Ivo, is one of the top servers in the game. In his first-round match yesterday, he dispatched former world No. 5 Fernando Gonzalez in straight sets. He will face the No. 13 seed Richard Gasquet in round two.
Karlovic is an interesting case because he has never really been great in Grand Slams, but is a good talent. He fares well on the hard surface and is playing good tennis. If his serve is on, then he will be able to hang in with Gasquet, and maybe pull off an exciting upset.
Both Bernard Tomic and Marin Cilic are coming off straight-set victories on Monday over their American counterparts. Tomic was able to defeat the 30-year-old qualifier, Michael Yani, while Ryan Harrison faltered against the lanky Croat.
Cilic was once considered to be on the the best players in the world, well on his way to multiple Grand Slams. However, nagging injuries and inconsistent play has since derailed that. Tomic is one of the best young prospects in the game at age 18. He is ranked 60th in the world, his highest ever, and is coming off a quarterfinals run at Wimbledon. Look for Tomic to win in a long, fun, five-set thriller.