Day two at the US Open had its fair share of drama, upsets and “sleep”-worthy moments. The ample American contingent made small strides while most of the favorites marched on. Here were the most noteworthy moments of Day 2.
Kyrgios in Rare Form
Nick Kyrgios who is best known for his immature approach to the game and the hefty fines that come with it, didn’t disappoint last night against 3 seed Andy Murray. Kyrgios showed flashes of why he is considered one of the most talented prospects on tour but also took a nap between sets solidifying his place as most enigmatic. As he ranted and raved to himself and tossed a few racquets Murray stayed consistent and focused on his way to a four set victory. Tennis fans are certainly split on whether Kyrgios is good or bad for the sport but regardless of people’s feelings he was made for the New York crowd. Too bad he wasn’t able to give them any time to embrace him.
— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 2, 2015
— KICCA (@KICCASPORT) September 2, 2015
I love Nick Kyrgios because this is absolutely how I would handle playing high-pressure tennis pic.twitter.com/oRgsj7DQAO
— Silvia Killingsworth (@silviakillings) September 2, 2015
Mixed American Results Of the seventeen Americans taking to the court eight came out victorious. The two ranked Americans on the men’s side, John Isner (13) and Jack Sock (28) won in straight sets while the seventeen year-old phenom Francis Tiafoe was no match for the Serb Viktor Troicki, losing in straights. The one major bright spot for the American men was Donald Young’s five set victory over Gilles Simon (11), which saw the free swinging Young come back from two sets down for the first time in his career.
ICYMI a: Here is Donald Young’s winning moment from yesterday pic.twitter.com/mGdWONfz0Z
— Nick Nemeroff (@NNemeroff) September 2, 2015
On the women’s side MyTennisLessons own Nicole Gibbs was victorious in a hard fought three setter while journeywoman Varvara Lepchenko and Shelby Rogers were the only others to make it to round 2. Nine American women play today, headlined by the WIlliams sisters and Madison Keys while Mardy Fish, the lone American man playing today, takes on 18th ranked Feliciano Lopez. This could be Fish’s final match ever so be sure to tune in.
The Rest of the Pack
All the seeded men (besides Simon) were able to emerge relatively unscathed, with Federer, Wawrinka and Berdych all winning in straights. The one major casualty on the women’s side was French Open finalist Lucie Safarova (6) who was beat down by Ukranian Lesya Tsurenko.