Nadal sends Millman to US Open exit

Naomi Osaka is bidding to become the first woman to defend the US Open title since Serena Williams won three in a row from 2012-14More

"He has a big forehand, big serve", Nadal said of the 23-year-old wild card. "The first few rounds at majors, I play five sets". The first was in the opening game of the match, with Millman's other two chances to break coming in the final game of the second set. The 15-year-old American was battling nerves and a powerful opponent in 18-year-old Anastasia Potapova. It was an erratic performance for Osaka, who committed an unsightly 50 unforced errors, 28 more than her opponent, but also blasted 44 winners and pounded eight aces. Gauff is far more mentally tough than she should be for her age.

The Spaniard triumphed that day 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.

The top seed goes on to face Poland's Magda Linette, who captured her maiden WTA title in the Bronx last week.

Gauff's victory came just hours before another American favorite - No. 11 seed Sloane Stephens - suffered a massive upset at the hands of Anna Kalinskaya, a 20-year-old Russian who is ranked 127th and had never won a main-draw match at a Grand Slam tournament.

The disappointment with her tennis that led her last month to say she wasn't having fun playing has been replaced by calmness.

Osaka followed her victory at Flushing Meadows by winning this year's Australian Open and taking over the No. 1 world ranking.

Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, ousted in the opening round the past two years at Flushing Meadows, outlasted U.S. lucky loser Nicole Gibbs 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 while two-time runner-up Caroline Wozniacki rebounded from a woeful start to beat Wang Yafan in three sets.

Gauff next will face Hungary's Timea Babos in the second round.

"It took me a little while to figure out, OK, I need to take care of myself as a person first, then as an athlete".

The two-time major champion rallied from 40-0 down in game seven to earn a double break and promptly wrapped up a commanding first set. "It helps me be prepared and try to learn and adjust my game plan".

Zverev reached the third round at Flushing Meadows with his second five-setter of the week, edging Tiafoe 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 to improve to 5-0 in matches that go the distance in 2019.

Rafael Nadal of Spain practices with coaches, Carlos Moya and Francisco Roig, on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 25 in New York City.

"But you do remember those ones for sure and they're the ones people want to ask questions about and want to know about". She later credited the crowd that jammed into Louis Armstrong Stadium for giving her energy and inspiration.

"I was telling them to get hyped up more", Gauff said of the moment when she turned to look at her box.

Gibbs sees tennis and life much differently now compared to a year ago.

Back in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where she beat Serena Williams in last year's chaotic final, the No. 1-seeded Osaka kept digging holes and kept climbing out of them, eventually emerging with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2 victory over 84th-ranked Anna Blinkova of Russian Federation in the first round.

According to Oddschecker, Novak Djokovic is a 6/5 (+120 in moneyline terms) favorite to win the tournament, followed by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at 3/1 and 15/2 respectively.



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