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Nadal, Federer Pay Tribute To Ferrer After Final Grand Slam Match

Nadal, Federer Pay Tribute To Ferrer After Final Grand Slam Match

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.

But despite leading by a break in the second set, Ferrer could not continue due to a calf injury, forcing him to retire for the first time in 208 Grand Slam matches.

No. 12 Garbine Muguruza vs. Karolína Muchová: With No. 1 seed Simona Halep out of the way, Muguruza will look to make it to Week 2 of the tournament with thrashing wins in the first few rounds. 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 have great memories of this tournament and I am just sorry that I couldn't finish it tonight", Ferrer said.

Former world No.1 Andy Murray marked his first Grand Slam tournament in 14 months with a 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 win over Australia's James Duckworth.

The Brit leads head to head meetings 13-2, Verdasco only beat him at 2003 Segovia Challenger and 2009 Australian Open.

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.

Serena Williams made a triumphant return, opening her bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title with a 6-4, 6-0 first-round victory over Magda Linette.

Djokovic arrived in NY as many people's favourite for the trophy after beating Roger Federer to become the first man to win all the nine different Masters titles in Cincinnati last weekend.

Nadal, who like his opponent was sweating profusely in the oppressively humid conditions, paid tribute to Ferrer. By then, the match was 1 hour, 45 minutes old - and it would last another seven minutes.

The recent form of Djokovic a two time victor at the US Open has made him an early favourite for the title despite the presence of all the leading players. I tried to play but I think it (his calf muscle) is broken.

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

Auger-Aliassime, making his slam debut after coming through qualifying, had needed a medical timeout for an irregular heartbeat in the third set.

How will things play out in NY?

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

Their combined age made this the youngest U.S. Open men's match since 2006, when Novak Djokovic, 19, beat Donald Young, 17.

At 3hr and 17mins on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium, it was Murray's longest match since his comeback in a reassuring indication of his fitness.

Wawrinka, the former world No 3, now down at 101, shrugged off having to take a medical time-out early in the third set.

Players and fans are braced for more hot and muggy conditions in NY on day two of the US Open on Tuesday when Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Caroline Wozniacki are set to play first-round matches.



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