Seeing as it’s USO time, I thought I’d keep you updated with how the Aussies are fairing.
There is no doubt that there’s a resurgence in Aussie tennis from the men and the women.
Here are the round one results, with the exception of Lleyton Hewitt who plays Tomas Berdych tonight (Australian time).
Roger Federer defeated Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
Matosevic finally broke his Grand Slam drought at the French Open this year, beating Dustin Brown. At Wimbledon he upset Fernando Verdasco but sadly his first round match yesterday didn’t continue that winning streak.
Matosevic did at least appear to be enjoying his time in the limelight.
With basketball legend Michael Jordan watching on, Matosevic even called out, “I just want to be Michael” at one point. He also got hit on the bum by a Federer tweener, which made the cheeky Swiss laugh at his own naughtiness.
In all seriousness, Matosevic did start off a little slow before getting going but 3 sets were all Federer needed to move on to the next round.
Maddison Keys defeated Jarmila Gajdosova , 6-0, 6-4. This is such a shame for Jarmila who has been playing some good tennis this year. Gajdosova won ITF events at Nottingham, resulting in a wild card into Wimbledon and last month she took another win at Vancouver.
2011 US Open Champion, Sam Stosur defeated young American, Lauren Davis. Stosur has had a year that she would probably rather forget, although her lead up to the US Open has seen her playing some of her best tennis of recent times.
Stosur trounced Eugenie Bouchard in New Haven last week, 6-2, 6-2. She then went on the win her first quarterfinal since Hobart, defeating Kirsten Flipkins 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Sadly she lost her semifinal match against Petra Kvitova 3-6, 1-6.
Bernard Tomic survived what could have been a danger match against Dustin Brown 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). Tomic looked to be suffering cramps by the end and is said to be suffering from the flu. His serve went a little AWOL in the second set and just how well he’s feeling may be up for debate. He wasn’t looking well by the end of the match and had it of gone into another set, the match may have ended quite differently. Luckily he is through to the next round.
Ash Barty went down to Barbora Zahlalova Strycova 1-6, 3-6. Barty made her way into the main draw from qualifying and it looked to be a game too many for her.
Ajla Tomljanovic is representing Australia for the first time at the US Open. At other WTA events she will continue to represent Croatia until next year when she will officially be an Aussie at all events. Sadly, her match playing for her adopted homeland didn’t end as she would have liked. Tomljanovic took the first set off fifteenth seed Carlo Suarzez Navarro before losing the last two 2-6, 1-6.
Casey Dellacqua is having a smashing season. For the first time she is seeded in the singles draw (29) and she is through to the second round after defeating Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 7-5, 6-3.
Sam Groth celebrated his first appearance in the main draw of the US Open with a win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Groth won 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
Other results from day one:
Nick Kyrgios defeated Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), although Kyrgios was almost given his marching orders for hitting a ball out of the court and inappropriate language.
Matthew Ebden had a win over Tobias Kamke 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2).
Anastasia Rodionova defeated Camila Giorgi in three after being breadsticked in the first set, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.