US Open: Rafael Nadal, Denis Shapovalov amd del Potro make winning start

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US Open: Rafael Nadal, Denis Shapovalov amd del Potro make winning start

World number 1 and defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal is through to the second round after a 6-3 3-4 win over David Ferrer who had to retire for the first time in 208 Grand Slam matches with a leg injury. This was the 243rd Grand Slam win for Rafa and his 25th against Ferrer in 31 matches, losing to a more experienced Spaniard here in New York 11 years ago and at the Australian Open 2011. This was the last Grand Slam match in David Ferrer's career as he plans to retire after a few tournaments in 2019.

It wasn't the perfect start for world number 1, losing serve twice from three opportunities he gave to David but he was in front thanks to three breaks he scored, serving well in the opening set to grab it 6-3 with breaks of serve in games three and nine, and trailing 4-3 after getting broken twice in set number two before Ferrer decided to retire, unable to finish his last match on the big scene.

2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro is off to a great start following a commanding 6-0 6-3 6-4 win over a qualifier Donald Young in an hour and 43 minutes. This was the 14th straight US Open main draw appearance for Young since 2005 but he stood no chance despite the fact he converted both break points he earned, losing 50% of the points in his games and getting broken seven times from 14 opportunities he gave to the Argentinian.

It was a solid performance from del Potro who had 30 winners and 15 unforced errors, controlling the pace in the rallies and keeping Young under constant pressure in the return games to wrap up the win in under two hours.

The opening set was finished in less than 25 minutes, with Delpo winning 25 out of 33 games and all six games for a 6-0. Donald managed to end his downfall with a break at the start of the second set but he lost six of the next seven games to find himself 6-0 6-3 down after getting broken in games four and six.

Since that break he suffered Juan Martin played on a very high level on both the serve and return, dropping three points in the rest of the set behind his initial shot and closing the set with those two breaks for a huge lead.

They traded breaks at the start of the third set and we saw some good serving in the following six games to stay locked up at 4-4. Still, del Potro clinched 12 of the last 14 points from 4-3 down to cross the finish line with two good holds and a break at 15 in game nine, happy with the way he performed and continuing his quest for the second Grand Slam title. First round results: