Kyrgios and Bouchard out of U.S. Open
Federer winning both Grand Slam events he entered this year, the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Nadal won the other, the French.
Meantime, on Wednesday afternoon, Nick Kyrgios couldn’t overcome problems with his shoulder or countryman John Millman. The No. 14 seed from Australia was ousted in the first round with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 loss.
They had traded sets when Kyrgios called for treatment early in the third, and a trainer came out and massaged his right shoulder Kyrgios continued on but his level of play dropped off severely before he left in frus- tration, smashing his racket to the court after the match and carrying the busted one with him as he exited.
Also in the third set, Kyrgios got into an argument with chair umpire Carlos Ramos after being warned for using bad language. Kyrgios pleaded that he hadn’t said anything improper, but Ramos said a linesperson had reported to him. Said Ramos: “I cannot repeat what he said you said.”
Kyrgios had arrived in New York with momentum, having reached the finals in Cincinnati and beaten Rafael Nadal along the way.
Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina pulled away after a close first set to beat Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (7-2), 6-1. They had been scheduled to play on Tuesday, but was postponed because of rain. Bouchard could only shake her head in the second set as she sprayed shots all over the court en route to 46 unforced errors in the first meeting between the players.
Federer, who turned 36 earlier this month, now has 19 major-tournament titles, the record. Nadal, at 31, is next with 15. “It’s amazing to see,” Isner said. “We’re very fortunate. Everyone — us players, we benefit from playing well. Gets tennis on the big screen back again. You guys certainly enjoy him playing well. It’s a win-win for everyone.
“With Nadal, it’s the same thing as Roger. To have those two guys at the top of the game . . . those two guys to date have had the best year on the tour. Kind of rewinding the clock back to seven, eight years ago. To have those two guys at the top of the game right now is very special.”
Nadal assured on Tuesday that “nothing is easier” at 31. “Everything is easier at 20. But, yes, it’s a different part of life, different part of my tennis career . . .
“And today, here I am at 31. If you tell me I will be here at 31 being No. 1 of the world, especially six, seven, 10 years ago, I will not believe you, so I try to enjoy every day without thinking much about what happened or what can happen.”