Kyr­gios and Bouchard out of U.S. Open

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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.”

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