Published: Fri, August 30, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Rafael Nadal advances at US Open

Rafael Nadal advances at US Open

"I didn't smile that much playing this match but hopefully I'll change that in the next match".

She's still just 15. "Not just the skills she possesses, but the poise". Corey Gauff, her father, is her primary coach, though he played basketball at Georgia State and stopped playing competitive tennis early in high school.

The American fell behind 3-0 at the start against Potapova, an 18-year-old from Russian Federation, then was broken to begin the second set and third before turning things around at Louis Armstrong Stadium. Gauff obviously has to play cleaner tennis if she hopes to win more matches in this tournament, but her resilience for being 15 years old is rather impressive.

Gauff came into the tournament ranked 140th and will rise significantly in those rankings, even if she progresses no further.

Millman delivered the upset of the tournament previous year when he beat five-time victor Roger Federer in a surprising run to the quarter-finals but he was unable to recreate the same magic against the relentless Spanish second seed. Her body language told the story: the eye rolls, the balled up fists covering her face at a changeover, the racket resting atop her head.

The American beat Anastasia Potapova 3-6 6-2 6-4 with the players' combined age of 33, making it the youngest match-up of the first round at Flushing Meadows.

Rafael Nadal, the No. 2 seed easily put together a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over John Millman, the Australian who upset Roger Federer a year ago in NY. It included Potapova's rebound from love-30 through long, solid rallies to hold for 4-2, and Gauff's harrowing service game croaking with three double faults for 4-3.

Earlier in the day, Thomas Fabbiano stunned world number four Dominic Thiem as he defeated him 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Top seed Osaka edged unseeded opponent Blinkova 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 in an unconvincing display at Flushing Meadows. "I remember I was complimenting her headphones because I saw she designed it".

In other women's action Tuesday, Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2004 champion, lost 7-5, 6-2 to American Kristie Ahn.

Osaka too was tested sternly Tuesday, but she had enough resilience to carry her when her finesse was missing. Then Gauff turned things around and conjured a bit of magic, reminding viewers of her fantastic Wimbledon from a few months ago. "She seems to be doing great".

Gauff did not start well against the 72nd-ranked Potapova.

"I fortunately was already sitting down, otherwise I think I would have needed to sit down".

"I think I gave them a heart attack, especially my mom", Gauff said. "I've played all the big guys on the biggest courts in the world", said Millman, who has also jousted with Andy Murray on Wimbledon's hallowed centre court.

All along the way, her mother and father were clapping and yelling, celebrating almost every point their daughter claimed. Dad also repeatedly pounded a fist on his chest. "I feel like some of them have preferences when they are on the court". "And my dad, he looks a little bit exhausted over there, too".

Ranked 875th when 2018 ended, Gauff's newfound fame has been a lot to handle.

Wozniacki, meanwhile, came from a set down to see off Wang Yafan 1-6 7-5 6-3 in an opening-round scare. "So I have to work to improve more".

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