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Spaniard David Ferrer retired during the second set of his opening-round match against countryman Rafael Nadal at the U.S. Open on Monday night. He is a three-time Davis Cup champion (2008, 2009, and 2011).

"Sad because I can't finish the match".

Twitter is abuzz over an ad featuring Serena Williams. "Finally I made a decision to retire because it's worse to play and break it, break everything", Ferrer said. "It's just a really special, special spot".

Surprise finalist Kevin Anderson had to fight hard to turn away Ryan Harrison in a 5-setter 7-6 (4), 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

After all two of them had won a Grand Slam with Cilic coming up trumps at the US Open in 2014 and del Potro winning the same event five years earlier.

The roofs on Arthur Ashe stadium and Louis Armstrong stadium will likely be shut on Friday, however, as rain is forecast and expected to bring relief from the heat.

Williams, a six-time champion at Flushing Meadows, missed last year's edition as she gave birth to daughter Olympia on September 1.

"The last time I played on this great court, I won the title so it was great to be able to come back and play again", said the 33-year-old Swiss.

Denis Shapovalov, the 19-year-old 28th seed, was 7-5, 5-7, 4-1 ahead of 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime when his Canadian teammate and close friend was forced to retire.

Auger-Aliassime just turned 18 on August 8, making him youngest player in the ATP top 200.

Venus Williams moved to the second round by beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in a matchup of past U.S. Open champions. Any one of the top ten ranked players has an nearly equal chance but interest will again centre round Serena Williams, seeded 17th.

But Anderson, defeated in the Wimbledon final last month by Novak Djokovic, recovered to win 7-6, 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. The battle for supremacy in the intensely competitive world of men's tennis promises to make the US Open a tournament to be followed keenly.

Stephens, the No. 3 seed, defeated Evgeniya Rodina of Russian Federation 6-1, 7-5 in the rebuilt Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Former world number three Ferrer, who now stands at a lowly 148, beat Nadal when they met in NY in 2007.

The 2013 French Open runner-up, an apologetic Ferrer - who lost that final to Nadal - confirmed the exit marked his last major appearance. He hadn't appeared in a major since Wimbledon in 2017. The former No. 1 player is now No. 382 in the world, using a protected ranking to enter the tournament.

The No. 2-seeded Federer is seeking his sixth title at the U.S. Open, but first in a decade. He made his deepest run in a major when he reached the Australian Open semifinals in January. The Serbian missed previous year because of an elbow injury but is one of the favorites after winning Wimbledon in July and beating Federer in the final at Cincinnati this month.

No. 8 Gregor Dimitrov was the highest-seeded man to lose, falling to Stan Wawrinka.

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

Dominic Thiem, Jack Sock, John Isner and Milos Raonic were also winners.

Ferrer was asked whether he regretted playing at a time when the Big Four of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray dominated the sport. He is just 6-15 this year after finishing 2017 with a career-best ranking of No. 8. - Kanepi, after her upset of Halep.

Top-ranked Simona Halep is off to another slow start at a Grand Slam tournament. "So there was some good stuff, but I think I can get better".

Perhaps aware he needed to finish the match quickly, the sixth seed destroyed a racket after failing to break the Fucsovics serve for 3-2 in the second set, and the Hungarian won the next two games as well. This is my last grand slam.

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Several players requested medical attention due to the heat during their matches on Monday while some on the women's side opted to take advantage of a 10-minute heat break between the second and third sets of their matches.



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