Flushing Meadows, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Top seed and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic began his US Open campaign on a winning note, ousting Ricardas Berankis in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2, Tuesday at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Djokovic hammered 10 aces and hit 28 winners to finish the match in one hour and 22 minutes and arrange a second-round clash with Benjamin Becker, who beat Lukas Rosol, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Meanwhile, world No. 7 Roger Federer opened his bid for a sixth US Open title with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Grega Zemlja.
Federer, dominated the match en route to his 65th win at Flushing Meadows in one hour and 33 minutes, will next take on Argentine Carlos Berlocq, who battled past Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 3-6, 6-7(8), 6-4, 6-2.
New world No. 5 Tomas Berdych dismissed Paolo Lorenzi, 6-1, 6-4, 6-1, in one hour and 43 minutes. The Czech hit 36 winners and broke his opponent eight times to set up a second-round clash with Denis Kudla, who defeated Jiri Vesely, 6-2, 6-2, 6-7(6), 7-5.
Tommy Haas also started well, defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 in one hour and 34 minutes. Sam Querrey joined Haas in the next round, needing four sets to get by Guido Pella 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
American No. 1 John Isner hit 20 winners and fired 16 aces to beat Filippo Volandri, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3, and book a spot in the next round.
Isner goes on to face Gael Monfils, who defeated Adrian Ungur 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 in 67 minutes after recovering from the hip injury that forced him to quit in last week’s Winston-Salem Open final.
Isner and Monfils will clash for the first time in more than two years. They have split their head-to-head showdown at 3-3.
Milos Raonic began his campaign with a 6-3, 7-6(6), 6-3 victory over Thomas Fabbiano to set up a second-round meeting with Pablo Andujar, who dismissed Thiemo de Bakker 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in just over two hours.
Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz fell to Argentine qualifier Maximo Gonzalez, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2, while 25th seed Grigor Dimitrov was shocked in his opener by Portugal’s Joao Sousa, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
On the women’s side, seventh seed Petra Kvitova advanced to the second round after beating Misaki Doi, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.
Next up for Kvitova is Bojana Jovanovski, who edged Andrea Petkovic, 6-2, 6-4. Kvitova and Jovanovski will be playing each other for the first time.
Former French Open champion and 13th seed Ana Ivanovic also advanced with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Anna Tatishvili.
Next up for Ivanovic is Alexandra Dulgheru, who outlasted Varvara Lepchenko in a two-hour, 56-minute marathon, 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(5).
Other winners were Caroline Wozniacki, Chanelle Scheepers, Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci, Maria Kirilenko, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Camila Giorgi, Julia Glushko, Klara Zakopalova, Sachia Vickery, Karin Knapp and Christina McHale.