The 2014 US open swung in full gears on Monday night without the men’s singles defending champion Rafael Nadal.
In the Spaniard’s absence, there were wins for world number one Novak Djokovic, third seed Stanislas Wawrinka, teenager Nick Krygios, 2006 women’s singles champion Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and one-time champion Venus Williams.
Australian Kyrgios advanced to the next round despite a tense first round win over 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny.
Kyrgios was almost disqualified for swearing after receiving three warnings.
He eventually saw off Youzhny 7-5 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 7-6 (7-1). Kyrgios- Nadal conqueror at the 2014 Wimbledon, will next pit his wit against Italy’s Andreas Seppi, who eliminated Slovenia’s Sergiy Stakhovsky 3-6 1-6 4-6.
The 19-year-old said: “I guess it was just heat of the moment. I was frustrated with the way I was playing. It was just an outburst, and hopefully I will be able to control that the next time I play.”
Wimbledon semi-finalist Simona Halep beat America’s Danielle Collins 6-7 (2-7) 6-1 6-2.
Arthur Ashe Stadium
Novak Djokovic began his bid for a second US Open title with a 6-1 6-2 6-4 over 79th-ranked Argentine Diego Schwartzman.
The Serb needed 98 minutes to ease through to the second round.
“I didn’t have much time to think about tennis with all this happening,” said the Wimbledon champion. “The last three weeks actually, Toronto and Cincinnati, were a bit tough emotionally for me. I wasn’t finding my game. I wasn’t able to feel comfortable on the court. I probably was not mentally ready to still compete at a high level. But now it’s different. I feel emotionally recharged and ready to go.”
Sharapova, 27, sealed a 6-4, 6-0 win over her countrywoman Maria Kirilenko, 27, to book a second round ticket.
The reigning French Open champion trailed 4-2 in the first set but won the next 10 games on her way to victory in 90 minutes.
“We spent a lot of time in the juniors away from the courts practicing a lot together, competing against each other,” Sharapova said of her compatriot Kirilenko. “We certainly have a big history together. But when you go out on the court, of course you want to be the winner, you have to face that person as a competitor, not someone that you’ve known for years and developed a friendship with. It’s always a tricky balance, I guess.”
The tie between the second oldest player in the women’s draw, Venus, and the oldest, Kimiko Dante-Krumm, 43, ended with the former fighting back from a set down to claiming a 2-6 6-3 6-3 win.
“I was younger today, but when you step out on the court, I don’t think anybody thinks about age,” said Williams, 34. “If you’re out on this tour it means you deserve to be here.”
Louis Armstrong Stadium
Andy Murray beat Dutchman Robin Hasse 6-3 7-6 (8-6) 1-6 7-5 despite a persistent bout of cramp.
The eighth-seed, who now faces German qualifier Matthias Bachinger in the second round, twice recovered from a break down in the 4th set to advance.
“I started cramping at the beginning of the third set, at the front of my squad and then in my forearm,” said Murray. “It was particularly comfortable and managed to get through.
. “I don’t think I was that dehydrated, because I needed to go to the toilet when I got off the court. And not to be too graphic, but it wasn’t like it was like brown.”
A Radwanska (Pol) (4) beat S Fichman (Can) 6-1 6-0
B Kavcic (Slo) beat D Young (USA) 7-5 6-4 6-4
C Wozniacki (Den) (10) beat M Rybarikova (Svk) 6-1 3-6 2-0 retired
A Kerber (Ger) (6) beat K Pervak (Rus) 6-2 6-3 7-5
J Tsonga (Fra) (9) beat J Monaco (Arg) 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1
S Stephens (USA) (21) beat A Beck (Ger) 6-0 6-3
M Raonic (Can) (5) beat T Daniel (Jpn) 6-3 6-2 7-6 (7-1)