US OPEN 2013
Nadal Up & Running; Ferrer Advances
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
"Always the first round is not easy," said the Spaniard. "The conditions out there today were difficult, so happy to be through. Win in straight sets, so is a good start for me."
Nadal has a perfect 16-0 record on hard court this season and came into Flushing Meadows following back-to-back victories at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in Montreal (d. Raonic) and Cincinnati (d. Isner). He is looking to become the first player to win both Masters 1000s and the US Open since Andy Roddick in 2003.
The 27-year-old Spaniard won the career Grand Slam when he lifted the US Open trophy in 2010 (d. Djokovic). The Mallorcan was sidelined last year with a left knee injury and only made his return in February this year. He has lost just three matches this season and is bidding to win his second major title, following victory at Roland Garros (d. Ferrer).
"For me the chance to be back here playing, I have a chance to compete this year, is great," he said. "I am enjoying the week before practising. Today [was] the first match after two years in Arthur Ashe, so it's a great feeling."
Nadal goes on to face Canadian Vasek Pospisil or Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil. The pair will resume their first-round match Tuesday, after rain cancelled play with Pospisil leading 6-4, 6-3, 6-7(9), 0-4.
Ferrer reached his first Grand Slam final this year at Roland Garros, and also advanced to the Australian Open semi-finals and Wimbledon quarter-finals. He achieved a career-high Emirates ATP Ranking of No. 3 in July.
"I'm very happy for that," he said of his success this season. "My goal is to be top 8 and to play the [Barclays ATP World Tour Finals]. I am on the way."
Former World No. 3 and two-time US Open semi-finalist Nikolay Davydenko fought off American Rhyne Williams for a 6-3, 4-6, 1-6, 7-5, 6-0 victory. The Russian will meet either Ivan Dodig in the second round after the Croat prevailed against No. 27 seed Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 7-5, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3.