Four hours and forty-nine minutes. So much needs Stefanos Tsitsipas to bring down Andy Murray's resistance in the forst round of the US Open 2021. The British - who plays a game of quantity and quality - shows a mega partial of 5-1.
Although in reality, probably in the moment of maximum difficulty, he even wastes a handful of set points in the tie break. Andy opens the two-out-of-three match (after a very long pause in the Greek's pits) with a new and surprising series of 3-0 that needless to say he keeps until the end.
Tsitsipas asks for the intervention of the physiotherapist at the dawn of the fourth due to a foot problem, he somehow holds the bar, but above all he favors the escape with five consecutive points. The Greek talent - who equalizes the scores and then finds quantity and quality with the first ball and - consolidates the break that hooks at the start and shoots on 3-6 7-6 (7) 3-6 6-3 6-4.
Adrian Mannarino awaits him in the second round. Kevin Anderson wins tie break battle against Jiri Vesely, Dusan Lajovic mock Benoit Paire, suffers more than expected Felix Auger Aliassime against Evgeney Donskoy. In the middle of the day, Andrey Rublev piles up the vast majority of the problems against Ivo Karlovic in the second set.
Emblematic at the threshold of two hours of play the 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-3 final. The first upset of the men's draw is signed by Brandon Nakashima, who in three sets gets rid of John Isner. In the list of surprises also the 6-4 6-4 6-3 that Carlos Alcaraz reserves for Cameron Norrie.
Instead, he respects the prediction Casper Ruud, an avalanche on the qualified Yuichi Sugita. In the match that closes the day-1 program on Flushing Meadows' Centralone, Richard Gasquet tries to almost completely distort himself against Daniil Medvedev.
The number two of seeding - who needs to take measures to the almost desperate attempt by the Frenchman to reduce prolonged exchanges - breaks the balance in the tenth game and then limits himself to managing the matter between the second and the third set: 6-4 6-3 6-2.
The problems of Naomi Osaka against Marie Bouzkova lasted a little less than a set. The Japanese tennis player - looking for certainties after a troubled summer - adjusts her aim to 3-3 after a nervous start and actually wins nine of the last ten games available without any particular difficulty.
In the second round she challenges Olga Danilovic. Aryna Sabalenka needs an extra-set to beat Nina Stojanovic, Elina Svitolina passes without particular difficulty. Rebecca Marino collects the misery of five games at the end of the games.