From the final between Thiago Seyboth Wild and Casper Ruud on Santiago's clay-courts to the first round between Felix Auger-Aliassime and Nikoloz Basilashvili on New York hard courts. After five abundant months, deeply marked by the coronavirus, men's tennis restarts with an absolutely new edition of the Western & Southern Open, this season on the Flushing Meadows bubble.
On the Grandstand we see especially Andy Murray. The two-time champion of the tournament, in the first official match since November, wins head and above all in physique. Needless to say, he recovers from an almost desperate situation of 2-5 in the tie break of the first, accumulates the vast majority of the difficulties in the heart of the second and traces the difference at the beginning of the third.
In fact, he settles the decisive shoulder at the start, dominates with the available serve and widens the advantage in the final setting the success at 7-6 (6) 4-6 6-1 at the threshold of two hours and thirty of play. Waiting for him in the second round Alexander Zverev, who in the previous one dated 2016 on the blue concrete of Melbourne Park has collected just six games.
To record on day-1 is Kevin Anderson's return to success and Denis Shapovalov's late-night show against Marin Cilic. Then Anderson was defeated by Stefanos Tsitsipas. One who in these fields has collected the most important success in his career a few years ago, so to speak.
The Canadian talent, who among other things wins almost 90% of the points with the first ball, maintains extremely high standards in return and with one hook-in-return per set sets the score at 6-3 6-3.
Cori Gauff, Sofia Kenin and Venus Williams already out!
The women's Tour, which has restarted from Palermo and has already made a stop in the States with the Lexington International, has settled in the New York bubble. The slip of Cori Gauff is immediately included in the list of surprises.
Pass Maria Sakkari, who had taken a first bite to normality right on the Sicilian clay-courts, presumably on a collision course with Yulia Putintesva. Out also the Australian Open champions Sofia Kenin, against Alize Cornet.
Three seeded teams are missing altogether. The starlet Amanda Anisimova wins the derby with Alison Riske (number eleven), Ekaterina Alexandrova mock Elena Rybakina (real revelation of the very first part of the season) but Viktoria Azarenka tears the cover of the day.
After the many disappointments in the Tour, and especially in private life - the two-time Grand Slam champion finds her smile again on the day of the premiere. Nothing to do for Donna Vekic (number fifteen of the seeding) still late in condition.
After the nineteenth defeat in the Derby-Williams the evergreen Venus forces the twenty year old Dayana Yastremska to overtime but cannot find the winning flick in the final