No. 28 seed Fabio Fognini admitted he relaxed after winning the first two sets against Vasek Pospisil because he thought there was no way the Canadian would recover from two sets down. Fognini, ranked at No. 31 in the world, comfortably won the first two sets against Pospisil but the Canadian stormed back to win 2-6 3-6 6-1 6-3 7-6 (4) and progress into the US Open second round.
Fognini had a good chance to clinch a five-set win as he led 4-1 in the fifth set but Pospisil recovered to force a tie-break, which he won to complete a comeback win. "I was so confident in my game. He have no chance from two sets down, actually.
Then I relaxed a lot during my 3rd and 4th sets…I have to regret a lot of things today," Fognini admitted, per Ravi Ubha.
David Goffin joins Fognini on the losers' circle
Former world No. 7 Goffin was also sent packing from the US Open after the first round.
Goffin, now ranked at No. 30 in the world, bowed out of the US Open following a straight-set loss to Mackenzie McDonald. Goffin has been bothered by a knee issue throughout the year and it affected his performance versus McDonald.
"It’s always a lot of frustration when you come to nice tournaments here, last Grand Slam of the year and you want to compete and be competitive but you cannot...a little bit of frustration but in the end it’s life and we try to recover as soon as possible," Goffin said.
Elsewhere, qualifier Maxime Cressy stunned world No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta 5-7 4-6 6-1 6-4 7-6 (7). World No. 151 Cressy is becoming well-known for his serve and volley style. "I believe my game will adapt to the slow courts as well.
It's just a matter of believing in myself. I didn't have much play on the clay courts...but as I'm playing more and more on the clay, I believe I can be a terrific serve-volleyer on every surface," Cressy said.