US OPEN 2013
Raonic, Isner Open Bids; Defeats For Janowicz, Dimitrov
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
American No. 1 John Isner produced one of his most accomplished Grand Slam performances to date on Tuesday as he defeated Filippo Volandri 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the US Open.
The 28-year-old Isner dropped his fewest amount of games in a Grand Slam win as he hit 20 winners and fired 16 aces to claim victory in 76 minutes. His previous best win was a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 scoreline against Andrey Golubev in the 2010 Roland Garros first round.
Isner is coming off a runner-up showing at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, where he knocked out Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro before losing to Rafael Nadal. The North Carolina native posted his best Grand Slam result two years ago in New York, reaching the quarter-finals (l. to Murray).
"I work hard all throughout the year and I just seem to have finally put it together here during the summer season, just as a lot of players are," said Isner. "If I can get a lot of wins under my belt, I become very confident. When I'm confident I feel like I'm very tough to beat, and I think that showed today. I played the big points well today and I was really going for my shots and I felt great out there."
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Isner goes on to face Gael Monfils, who recovered from the hip injury that forced him to quit in last week’s Winston-Salem Open final to defeat Adrian Ungur 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 in 67 minutes. Isner and Monfils will clash for the first time in more than two years. They have split their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 3-3.
Milos Raonic began his campaign with a 6-3, 7-6(6), 6-3 victory over Thomas Fabbiano. The Canadian set up a second-round meeting with Pablo Andujar as he fired 28 aces and converted three of his 12 break points for victory in two hours and 12 minutes.
The 22-year-old Raonic is looking to build on a strong summer by reaching his first Grand Slam quarter-final at Flushing Meadows. The Canadian, who reached the fourth round in New York last year (l. to Murray), made his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final earlier this month in Montreal (l. to Nadal).
“I think I can put myself in that position [to win a major],” said Raonic, who cracked the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings following his run in Montreal. “I just have to make the opportunities and convert them. I think if I play well, I can get very close if not do it. It's still a long way to go, very long way to go. I think I can raise my level with practise, and just got to keep working hard on a lot of different things.”
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Andujar, who lost his one previous match with Raonic, dismissed Thiemo de Bakker 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in just over two hours.
Two of the ATP World Tour’s promising young guns were bundled out in the first round. Wimbledon semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz fell 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 against Argentine qualifier Maximo Gonzalez. World No. 247 Gonzalez had earned just $14,814 this season coming into the US Open and is now guaranteed a pay cheque of $53,000 for reaching the second round. Aged 30, it was just his fifth Grand Slam main draw win.
No. 25 seed Grigor Dimitrov had been projected to meet World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the third round, but was shocked in his opener by Portugal’s Joao Sousa, who prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 in just under three hours. World No. 95 Sousa claimed his fifth tour-level win of the season as he converted eight of his 11 break points.
Meanwhile, Canadian Vasek Pospisil was unable to convert seven match points in a 4-6, 3-6, 7-6(9), 6-2, 7-6(10) loss to Rogerio Dutra Silva. He held four match points in the 12th game, at 0/40 and ad-out, and an additional three in the fifth set tie-break. Pospisil, a semi-finalist earlier this month at the Rogers Cup, had fallen behind 0-4 in the fourth set when play was cancelled Monday evening due to rain.