Ferrer 'The Bulldozer' calls time on Slam career

Defending champion Rafa Nadal has advanced to the second round of the US Open after fellow Spaniard David Ferrer retired during the second set of their night match due to a calf injury.

Ferrer, a former world number three but now standing at a lowly 148, called it quits on a hot and humid night on Arthur Ashe Stadium despite leading 4-3 with a break in the second set after twice receiving treatment on a left leg injury.

South African fifth seed Kevin Anderson, last year's finalist, rallied to outlast Ryan Harrison 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 4-6 6-3 6-4 in a four hour and 14 minute slugfest while Austrian ninth seed Dominic Thiem accounted for Mirza Basic 6-3 6-1 6-4. Yes, he got to depart by sharing the court with his friend and Spanish Davis Cup teammate Rafael Nadal, under the lights on the big stage of Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open.

"Sad because I can't finish the match".

Williams, a six-time victor at Flushing Meadows, moved a step closer to a possible third-round matchup against her older sister, two-time victor Venus, who defeated 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

The item had more than 4 million views by Monday evening, when Williams beat Magda Linette 6-4, 6-0 in the first round of the U.S. Open.

But Anderson, defeated in the Wimbledon final last month by Novak Djokovic, recovered to win 7-6, 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Ferrer's Grand Slam career comes to a disappointing end; ten quarter-finals, five semi-finals, and a final.

"I've lost a lot of matches out here over the years, I've struggled a lot, but it's like a new beginning".

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Coming into NY, he's lost just three matches all year.

"I told him at the net, look we're going to be back here, we're going to be playing in the finals", said Shapovalov of his words to a tearful Auger-Aliassime.

"He is one of the greatest players to have come from our country".

Denis Shapovalov, the 19-year-old 28th seed, was 7-5, 5-7, 4-1 ahead of 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime when his Canadian teammate and close friend was forced to retire.

Men's defending champion Nadal once again owns the top spot in the men's game, coming to Flushing riding a wave of momentum that's carried him through a stellar 2018 campaign.

Murray, who said he didn't think it was realistic that he could win the title, could play 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the third round.

Former world number three Ferrer, who now stands at a lowly 148, beat Nadal when they met in NY in 2007.

Wawrinka, the former world No. 3, now down at 101, shrugged off having to take a medical time-out early in the third set. Williams, the 23-time major champion who missed last year's U.S. Open because she gave birth on September 1, returned with a flourish, following singer Kelly Clarkson's opening night performance in Arthur Ashe Stadium with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Magda Linette under the lights. He was seeded 12th and with the fierce competition available in the men's event everyone was looking to either Federer or Nadal, the top two ranked players to take the title.

  • Lawrence Cooper