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Nadal, Muguruza record contrasting wins in US Open first round

nadalSpanish great Rafael Nadal cruised to victory in his first round match against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin at the US Open yesterday. The Spaniard dominated his match against Istomin, vanquishing him in three straight sets 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.

Nadal was assured and focused throughout the 126 minute match, consistently placing his shots well against an opponent who he has beaten plenty of times in the past.

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Saketh Myneni runs out of gas in the 1st Round of the US Open

India's Saketh Myneni produced an inspired display but was beaten 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 5-7 against Czech Jiri Vesely in the first round of the US Open. The marathon match stretched for three hours and 47 minutes on Court 9 here on Monday.

Myneni, ranked 143rd in the world, fought bravely for the better part of the match despite conceding the first set in a tie-breaker. He responded strongly to the setback, playing aggressively to break his opponents serve thrice to claim the next two sets to raise hopes of victory against his 49th ranked opponent.

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Arthur Ashe Stadium's retractable roof is the toast of 2016 US Open

The US Open got underway on Monday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with a new attraction -- the retractable roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium, a feature that will allow play to continue when it rains.

The $150 million retractable roof is expected to help organisers deal with the rain delays that have often plagued the final Grand Slam event on the tennis calendar.

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US Open Draw: Raonic gets Brown in the first round, Bouchard lands Siniakova

Canadians Milos Raonic, Eugenie Bouchard, and Vasek Pospisil are gearing up for the final Grand Slam of the season, as the official draws for the US Open singles events were conducted in New York on Friday.

Competing in his first major as a Grand Slam finalist, Raonic will open his campaign against German Dustin Brown, currently ranked world No. 87. It will be their first meeting. Seeded No. 5 in New York, Raonic is in the same quarter as Rafael Nadal and same half as Novak Djokovic. En route to a potential quarter-final meeting with 14-time Slam champion Nadal, Raonic’s toughest test could be Gael Monfils in the fourth round, who he lost to at Rogers Cup in Toronto a few weeks ago. The 2016 Wimbledon runner-up will be looking to advance past the round of 16 at the US Open for the first time.

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James Duckworth, Ellen Perez earn US Open wildcards

James Duckworth (NSW) and Ellen Perez (NSW) have been awarded wildcards into this month’s US Open, joining at least seven fellow Australians in the main draw.

Twenty-four-year-old Duckworth will contest the main draw at Flushing Meadows for the third time in his career after overcoming an elbow injury that threatened to derail his 2016 season.

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Tomas Berdych pulls out of US Open due to appendicitis

Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych will miss the upcoming edition of the US Open after he was diagnosed with appendicitis during his participation in the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

The World No.8 player confirmed the news on his Facebook account on Monday as he said, "I'm very disappointed to announce that I will not be able to compete at the US Open this year."

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Djokovic denies Federer in entertaining US Open Finale

There was very little to choose between them in the end. In fact, World No.1 Novak Djokovic won just 2 points more than 17 time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the entire match, 147 to 145, but what the Serbian did do was he played the big points that little bit better, and as a result he walked away from New York for just the second time in his career, the US Open Champion.

The dream US Open final between crowd favourite Roger Federer and the world's best player at the moment Novak Djokovic finally got underway on Sunday afternoon after a 3 hour long rain delay. If there were any nerves at the start of the match, they were on the side of the 34 year old veteran, who had gone three years without a major title.

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