U.S. Open Day 2 Highlights – Monaco Dismissed/Nalbandian Withdraws

Wow! I didn’t expect for Monaco to be defeated this early!

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Juan Monaco, the number 10 seed and an Argentine tennis player, was defeated on the first round of the U.S. Open by Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez with a score of 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6. Garcia-Lopez was down by two sets, but that did not stop him from defeating the former top 10 player. Garcia-Lopez will be facing Fablo Fognini in the second round. Juan Monaco had a chance to break Garcia-Lopez 28 times, but was only able to keep 8 break points, which may be one of the reasons why Monaco lost. Congratulations to Garcia-Lopez, and I hope he will turn this victory into a good result.

Juan Martin del-Potro was supposed to face David Nalbandian, but Nalbandian decided to pull out from the U.S. Open singles and doubles, so now del-Potro will be facing a “lucky-loser” in the first round. del-Potro’s opponent will be announced on Wednesday. The reason of the withdrawal is in the mist, as the U.S. Tennis Association will not tell us the cause of Nalbandian’s decision.

Novak Djokovic creamed his first round opponent, Pablo Lorenzi, with a score of 6-1, 6-0, and 6-1. It was Lorenzi’s 7th attempt in a grand slam, but he has never won a grand slam match in his career. Lorenzi did show a couple of amazing points, but could not win against Novak Djokovic. Djokovic served extremely well in this match. His first serve percentage was 79% by the time the match ended. Unbelievable! Djokovic was hitting bombs that ripped through the court. His backhand seemed well, but his back volley seemed to catch air, so I think he should practice that before he faces the second round.

That sums up the highlight for Day 2 of the U.S. Open, come back tomorrow for day 3’s highlights!

~Jin

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