He will next meet the winner between American Denis Kudla or countryman and 27th seed Dusan Lajovicwho will play on Thursday after rain postponed much of Wednesday's scheduled play. Djokovic fell behind a break in the opener but broke right back and again in the ninth game. The Serbian was bothered by his left shoulder and received treatment during the changeover and again after the first set, yet he put it behind him to take control of their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting.
Supported by U. CreditMichelle V. After dropping the first set and causing worry among his fans in Arthur Ashe Stadium, an unshaven Federer defeated the year-old qualifier Sumit Nagal of India, , , , , in 2 hours 30 minutes.
But he looked to be in considerable danger after Nagal, who is ranked No. But Federer broke right back, his second service break of the set, and finished the match in four sets.
Federer has played only two matches since his crushing loss to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final in July. In that final, Federer squandered two match points in the fifth set before losing in a tiebreaker, and has acknowledged that it required some time to recover emotionally.
In his only tournament since then, in Mason, Ohio, Federer lost to the Russian Andrey Rublev in straight sets in the round of For a moment on Monday it seemed as if Nagal might extend his suffering.
Nagal first drew notice when he was 10 — only two years after he first started playing — at a tryout at the New Delhi academy of a former Davis Cup star from India, Mahesh Bhupathi. Nagal approached Bhupathi at one point, grabbed his hand and asked Bhupathi to come watch him play.
At 10 he had that racket head speed on his forehand which I had never seen with an Indian tennis player before, so he got picked.
Comes from a very, very humble background, and has the mind-set, will do what it takes. And that was this year alone. Nagal had lost in the first round of qualifying at his previous three Grand Slam events, but won three matches in New York last week to reach a main draw for the first time.
On Monday he was on one of the grandest tennis stages of all, and for most of an hour, he was equal to one of the greatest players of all time. Serena Williams defeats Maria Sharapova. Serena Williams closed out a quick and comfortable , win over Maria Sharapova after just 59 minutes.
But this was not the most lopsided win in the stretch: Williams won, , , in the Olympic gold medal match, played at Wimbledon.
In a postmatch interview, Williams said she had ratcheted up her preparations once she found out her draw.
Open until Monday. Chair umpire is fired for giving interviews. It turned out to be a classic duel, with Novak Djokovic saving two match points and defeating Roger Federer, 5 , , 4 , , 3 , in the longest singles final in Wimbledon history.
By all accounts, Steiner, a year-old umpire from Argentina, acquitted himself well during that tense match. But it has stopped short of allowing chair umpires, who officiate individual matches, to grant interviews.
Reilly Opelka, a big-serving 6-foot American making his U. Open debut, knocked out 11th-seeded Fabio Fognini, , , 6 , Opelka, who turns 22 on Wednesday, has risen from No.
He had notable wins at the Australian Open, beating John Isner in the first round, and at Wimbledon, where he ousted the three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in the second round.
Novak Djokovic and Venus Williams claim easy wins. The past U. Open champions Novak Djokovic and Venus Williams moved on with ease. Venus Williams, who won the Open in and , was even more impressive, dropping just one game in a , rout of Zheng Saisai, who won the tournament in San Jose, Calif.
The U. Open honors Althea Gibson. Early Monday, as U. Open matches began, a corner of the tennis world paused to honor one of its greatest champions. Her name was Althea Gibson. She grew up in Harlem and in became the first African-American to play the U.
National Championships, the precursor to the Open. She was the first black player to be ranked No. She also won the U.
Championships and Wimbledon twice. Open app. Gibson died in It was a bundle of letters from the girls that prompted Adams to push the U. The competition was considerably below U. Open standards: Murray defeated the unranked year-old Imran Sibille of France, , , in 42 minutes.
Seeking more match play but not yet feeling ready for best-of-five-sets competition, Murray decided to go down to the Challenger level after losing in the first round of ATP events in Cincinnati and Winston-Salem, N. Open last week.
Janko Tipsarevic plays his final match at a major. Janko Tipsarevic, who announced before the U. Open that he will end his career at the end of the season, lost to the American Denis Kudla, , , 5 , Tipsarevic, 35, was a U.
Open quarterfinalist, in and He reached a career-high ranking of No. He was on the Serbian team that won the Cup in Tipsarevic owns an academy that bears his name in Belgrade.
Kudla will next face another Serb, the 27th-seeded Dusan Lajovic.
If he wins that match, he could face a third Serb: the top-seeded Novak Djokovic. If he wins that, the fourth round offers a possibility of a fourth consecutive Serbian showdown, if either Miomir Kecmanovic or Laslo Djere advance to that stage.
Ashleigh Barty starts slow but rallies. The first match on Ashe Stadium produced the first major upset scare: Second-seeded Ashleigh Barty recovered from losing the first set to win, , , , against 80th-ranked Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.
Diyas won the first set in just 28 minutes, hitting one winner but benefiting from Barty spraying 19 unforced errors against just five winners. Barty had a positive winners-to-unforced-errors differential in the next two sets.
She will next face Lauren Davis. Barty won the French Open and Miami Open this year, which helped vault her into the top 10 and then the No. She rose to No. As the top seed at Wimbledon, she lost in the fourth round to Alison Riske of Pittsburgh. She has since been replaced at No.
Jenson Brooksby wins his first U. Open match.