Published: Fri, August 31, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Ferrer's last Slam ends with injury against Nadal at US Open

Ferrer's last Slam ends with injury against Nadal at US Open

Defending champion Rafael Nadal progressed to the second round of the US Open yesterday morning (Singapore time), after fellow Spaniard David Ferrer retired midway through the second set due to a calf injury.

Nadal won the first set but trailed 3-4 in the second when Ferrer had to stop because of injury.

Top seed Nadal had taken the opener 6-3. Despite the disappointing end to his Grand Slam career, Ferrer remained gracious to the end, signing autographs for fans and saying to the crowd, "I am so sorry I couldn't finish the match".

"I'm improving tournament after tournament, match after match".

Nadal's potential semi-final opponent, Argentine third seed and 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro, also reached the second round with a 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 win over American qualifier Donald Young.

The day's action on Arthur Ashe Stadium began with Swiss wildcard Stan Wawrinka conjuring up some of his old Flushing Meadows magic to sweep past eighth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 6-2 7-5.

Women's second seed Caroline Wozniacki plays Australia's former champion Samantha Stosur in the day's first match on Arthur Ashe, and will hope to avoid the same fate as world number one Simona Halep who made a shock exit at the hands of unseeded Estonian Kaia Kanepi.

Men's first round: No. 2 Roger Federer beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-2, 6-2, 6-4; No. 6 Novak Djokovic beat Marton Fucsovics 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0; No. 21 Kei Nishikori beat Maximilian Marterer 6-2, 6-2, 6-3; Frances Tiafoe beat No. 29 Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. The 22-year-old is playing her first main-draw Grand Slam event this year.

"I'm sad because it's my last Grand Slam".

It won't be an easy match for the American player, who reached semifinals here previous year while Giorgi played the Wimbledon quarter-finals losing to Serena last month.

Young American Frances Tiafoe finally has his first U.S. Open win on his fourth try - and he eliminated a seeded player, to boot.

"She played her best when I was up", said Williams after the almost three-hour match.

The Greek was only three years old when Robredo played his first US Open in 2001.

Federer has won five US Open titles, but they all came between 2004-2008. Well, that's another story - and exactly what happened on Monday in the all-Canadian clash between Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov.

Men's defending champion Nadal once again owns the top spot in the men's game, coming to Flushing riding a wave of momentum that's carried him through a stellar 2018 campaign.

It was the first match at the rebuilt Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Wawrinka, the former world number three, now down at 101, shrugged off having to take a medical time-out early in the third set.

He beat the world number one in NY - just one of six wins in 31 meetings between the two - on his way to a maiden Slam semi-final in 2007.

U.S. hopes were buoyed by wins for 11th seed John Isner and 18th-ranked Jack Sock who won his first singles match since May.

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