Defending champion Rafael Nadal sent close friend David Ferrer into Grand Slam retirement on Monday when his veteran compatriot was forced to quit their first round US Open match with injury, but former winners Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka made successful returns.
He has gone on to add two Wimbledons to his CV, but his career has been stalled by hip surgery in January which has seen his ranking slump to 378 in the world. We shared wonderful moments together playing French Open finals, a couple of Davis Cup finals.
Roger Federer, who makes his 2018 US Open debut Tuesday night, took to Twitter immediately.
Ending with the tag line, "It's only insane until you do it", the spot for her shoe and clothing sponsor shows video of Williams as a young girl, practicing with her father, interspersed with clips of her playing as an adult at Grand Slam tournaments.
Andy Murray was a victor in his return to Grand Slam tennis, beating James Duckworth 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the U.S. Open.
Murray, the 2012 champion in NY and playing just his fifth tournament of the year after undergoing hip surgery in January, last featured in a major at Wimbledon in 2017.
Murray is just 5-3 this season. Having made headlines earlier in the summer for his emotional reaction to a win at the Citi Open, Murray didn't shed any tears in NY but instead raised his hands above his head and clenched his fist. "I'm very sorry for him". I arrived here a week early to practise, get a lot of time on the court, and I'm happy with today's match.
"It was special because I finish my last Grand Slam playing in the centre court with Rafael, a very good friend". "Of course I'm sad because it's my last Grand Slam". "It's sad for him to finish like this".More news: Yaya Toure closing in on return to Olympiacos
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Murray, who said he didn't think it was realistic that he could win the title, could play 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the third round. Swapping out her shirt for another, likely less sweaty, one, the elder Williams sister seemed to have found her lucky charm in holding off her Russian foe. "First of all, it was a great match playing against Felix. I like the city", said Kanepi, who is from Estonia and is sharing a coach this week with another player, Andrea Petkovic. "So it wasn't easy to close that match out". "I struggled a little bit with that earlier in the match", Murray said. "He will be one of these guys that the tour will miss, because he is one of the players that is a good guy".
Shapovalov was leading 7-5, 5-7, 4-1 when Auger-Aliassime retired.
Since turning pro in 2000, Ferrer has won 726 matches, including 27 titles. If both decline, play continues. He was clearly distraught, and in tears, and Shapovalov went to comfort him.
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