Barbara Wancke | 5th Mar 2018 | 1
US Open Day 1 | Brits come through in the men’s draw
While there was massive disappointment for the British challenge in the women’s draw, the men’s, despite the absent Andy Murray, provided some excellent news with both Kyle Edmund and qualifier Cameron Norrie scoring opening round wins.
Looking back this will be great, but it’s kind of disappointing not winning the last point and him retiring. I’m looking forward to Wednesday nowCameron Norrie
For Corrie, who was born in South Africa before his family moved to New Zealand when he was aged three.
Having come through three qualifying matches he then secured his first ever win in the main draw of a Grand Sam when Dmitry Tursunov retired when trailing 7- 6-1 having held a break point in the opening set. However, the 34-year-old Russian then lost interest after the Briton strung together six straight games, conceding defeat after 94-minutes.
“I don’t think he wanted to complete the second set,” Norrie commented later. “His knee was bothering him as well. Looking back this will be great, but it’s kind of disappointing not winning the last point and him retiring. I’m looking forward to Wednesday now” when he plays Pablo Carreno Busta, the world No. 19 from Spain.
“He [Carreno Busta] is going to give me some rhythm, he’s not going to serve me off the court, it’s going to be nice, I can play my own game and feel comfortable. Obviously, he’s a great player and it’s going to be really tough but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Norrie was joined in the second round by Kyle Edmund who never looked to be threatened as he powered past the 32nd seeded Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-3 7-5 6-3.
“The challenge today was to keep the intensity high because I felt pretty tired,” said Edmund, “The challenge today was to keep the intensity high because I felt pretty tired,” said Edmund, who only arrived in New York on Saturday having reached the semi-finals of the Winston-Salem tournament last week.
“I had a Coke,” Edmund revealed following his win, “just to put some sugar in my body. I needed it to get myself going, and it worked. Today was about my demeanour and mentality. I’ve hit enough balls so it wasn’t about how I was seeing the ball. Being tired is a good problem because it comes from winning and playing matches. I knew I could still win today, it was about not letting that bother me, or managing it. What is the perfect preparation? No-one knows. Is it to be really fresh or play matches? It’s a balancing act I guess.”
Edmund will be facing the big-serving Steve Johnson in round two, the American he beat in the quarter-finals last week.
In other matches, Marin Cilic played his first match since the Wimbledon final when an abductor problem prevented him from putting up a better performance. With his fitness still being questioned he battled past the 105th ranked American Tennys Sandgren. 6-4 6-3 3-6 6-3.
Cilic said: “Everything feels okay physically. I’m very happy with that. That’s the number one thing. On the court, obviously I felt that I’m just lacking a little bit of that consistency point after point, to be continuing with my aggression, with my tennis.”
The eighth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is also safely through after beating Marius Copil 6-3 6-3 6-4 but David Ferrer, the 21st seed and former French Open finalist, fell 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-1 to Mikhail Kukushkin.
Tenth seed John Isner beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3 while the star of Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov continues to make an impact, this time dismissing Daniil Medvedev 7-5 6-1 6-2.