US Open: Rafael Nadal advances after David Ferrer retires

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Nadal, the world No. 1, breezed through the first set without facing a break point, but the 36-year-old Ferrer fought back in the second, breaking Nadal twice before the injury forced him to stop with the score at 6-3, 3-4. The three Grand Slams have been won by Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, Nadal and Federer still occupy the first two places in the ATP rankings while the Serb is No 6, Nadal and Federer are top seeded for the US Open while Djokovic Is the No 6 seed.

Ferrer, whose decision brought the curtain down on his final appearance at a grand slam, said he had taken an injection before the match but was in obvious discomfort and needed treatment before he pulled the pin.

"I'm so sorry because I can't finish the match, but anyway, thanks a lot". He dropped the first set to Nadal, 6-3, but was leading the second set 4-3 when he decided he could not continue.

However, the 36-year-old is still one of the favourites to lift a modern era record seventh US Open and 24th career Grand Slam to go level with the mark set by Margaret Court. The Brit will face Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, the 31st seed.

After his 6-3 6-2 7-5 victory, the 33-year-old said: "There is a lot of question marks of how my body will be right, how mentally I will be right".

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. Rafael Nadal (French) and Novak Djokovic (Wimbledon), won the first three majors of the year.

Wawrinka hit 30 winners, including six aces, to emerge victorious and hand Dimitrov back-to-back first-round Grand Slam exits for the first time in over five years.

When is Rafael Nadal vs David Ferrer on and what time does it start? "He's one of my closest friends on the tour and we faced many incredible moments together", Nadal said.

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No. 28 seed Denis Shapovalov moved into the second round when his good friend and opponent, Felix Auger-Aliassime, stopped playing in the match between two Canadian teens because he did not feel well.

It won't be an easy match for the American player, who reached semifinals here a year ago while Giorgi played the Wimbledon quarter-finals losing to Serena last month. Auger-Aliassime already had been visited by a doctor during a changeover in the third set and said his heart was racing.

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return to David Ferrer of Spain during their 2018 US Open men's singles match in NY on Monday.

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At 3hr and 17mins on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium, it was Murray's longest match since his comeback in a reassuring indication of his fitness.

The 31-year-old has not played at a Slam since Wimbledon in 2017 and there remain serious doubts over whether or not he can last two weeks of intense best-of-five sets in NY.

USA hopes were buoyed by wins for 11th seed John Isner and 18th-ranked Jack Sock who won his first singles match since May.