US Open 2015 Day 1 Results: Last Season Runner-up Nishikori Knocked Out, Djokovic And Serena Advance

US Open 2015 Day 1 Results: Last Season Runner-up Nishikori Knocked Out, Djokovic And Serena Advance
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Day One results from Flushing Meadows are here. The U.S. Open 2015 kicked off with an upset on Monday. Last year’s runner-up Kei Nishikori was stunned 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 by World No 41 France’s Benoît Paire. This is the first time a defending finalist failed in the opener since Andre Agassi lost to Aaron Krickstein in 1991.


The World No 4 Japanese defeated top seed Novak Djokovic, Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka in his dream-run to the finals last season.

The 25-year-old Japanese missed the recently concluded Cincinnati Masters due to an injury, and on Monday he faded away in the final set after failing to convert two match-points in the fourth set.

Paire made the decisive final break in the fifth game of the final set. The Frenchman won his first ATP title in Bastad this summer.

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“It’s always very sad to lose in the first round, but I think he was playing good tennis,” Nishikori said. “I don’t think I played badly. Didn’t play great, but still, it’s never easy first match.”

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Defending champion Marin Cilic posted a much better show than his last year’s rival in the finals, winning 6–3, 7–6(3), 7–6 (3) over qualifier Guido Pella.

Milos Raonic, struggling with injury, defeated Tim Smyczek 6-4, 7-6, 6-1 in another match of the day.

Top-seed Novak Djokovic rolled to the second round on Monday by blowing away Joao Souza 6–1, 6–1, 6–1 in just 71 minutes. 9-time-French Open winner Rafael Nadal to reached the second round.

In the women’s singles, 2014 Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova staged a stunning comeback by defeating Ana Ivanovic.

Earlier, Maria Sharapova withdrew herself from the tournament due to an injury on Sunday. This is the second time in 3 years that the Russian queen withdrew from a grand slam competition. 2008 U.S. Open winner Sharapova hasn’t played a game since losing to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon finals in July.

Both the Williams sisters, Venus and top-seeded Serena advanced to the next round. Serena, chasing history, showed signs of her supreme form this season by blowing her opponent in just 30 minutes.