The seeds are falling like flies at Flushing Meadows at the 2015 US Open and last year’s runner-up, Kei Nishikori, has joined the list. The Japanese fourth seed was ousted by France’s Benoit Paire 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4. How Nishikori lost it from two sets-to-one, is something he will be wondering in his New York hotel on Monday night.
The Frenchman sent down 21 aces at Louis Armstrong Stadium to secure victory in three hours and 15 minutes. World number one Novak Djokovic eased into the US Open men’s singles second round thanks to a comprehensive 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Joao Sousa in just 71 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 2011 champion is joined in the next round by two-time winner Rafael Nadal who put his injuries behind him for the time being with a 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Borna Coric.
Defending champion Marin Cilic is also through after seeing off Argentina’s Guido Pella 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 at the Louis Armstrong Stadium while Spain’s David Ferrer progressed after defeating R Albot 6-4, 5-7, 6-1, 6-0. In the second round Djokovic faces Andreas Haider-Maurer, Cilic plays Evgeny Donskov, Ferrer faces Filip Krajinovic and Nadal comes up against Diego Schwartzman.