Rafael Nadal lost three games in advancing to the third round of tennis’s U.S. Open, where five-time winner Roger Federer and defending champion Serena Williams also won second-round matches in straight sets.
Nadal, the men’s No. 2 seed from Spain, capped the day’s action in Arthur Ashe Stadium with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 rout of Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva.
“I played well,” Nadal said in a televised on-court interview. “I started a little slower, but when the match was coming on, I felt I was playing better and better.”
In today’s first match on the featured court at the National Tennis Center in New York, Flavia Pennetta upset No. 4 seed Sara Errani. Williams, the 31-year-old American who has won the tournament four times, followed with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan in a match originally scheduled for yesterday but pushed back a day by rain.
Federer, the Swiss right-hander whose No. 7 seed is his lowest since 2002, beat Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 to close out the day session in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark won in straight sets before Nadal’s win, while second-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus also advanced at the tennis season’s final Grand Slam, beating Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak 6-3, 6-1.
With both women and men playing second-round matches today, Pennetta, ranked 83rd on the WTA tour, beat Errani 6-3, 6-1 in a meeting of Italian Fed Cup teammates. Errani became the highest-ranked player to exit the tournament.
Pennetta, a former top-10 player who missed last year’s tournament with a wrist injury, had 33 winners, compared with 12 for Errani, who told reporters after the loss that she might have been affected by the pressure of the match.
“The worst thing was the fight,” Errani said, criticizing her own intensity. “Normally is my best thing that I do on the court and today was not good.”
Men’s No. 4 seed David Ferrer got past fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-2, while No. 8 Richard Gasquet of France, No. 18 Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia and No. 19 Tommy Robredo of Spain won in straight sets.
Seventh-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic advanced to the third round along with No. 8 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany, No. 9 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, No. 10 Roberta Vinci of Italy, No. 11 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, and No. 16 Sabine Lisicki of Germany.
Victoria Duval, the 17-year-old American qualifier who upset No. 11 Samantha Stosur in the opening round, was ousted tonight by Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 6-2, 6-3.
Christina McHale, a 21-year-old from Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, beat Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to advance to a third-round match with 13th-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia. Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the U.S. lost to 24th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia, 6-4, 6-4. American Sachia Vickery fell to Julia Glushko of Israel, 7-5, 6-3; and Alison Riske of the U.S. beat No. 28 seed Mona Barthel of Germany, 6-4, 6-2.
American men went 8-7 in the first round, and four are on today’s schedule: Jack Sock beat Argentina’s Maximo Gonzalez 7-6 (7-3), 1-6, 7-5, 6-2; while No. 26 seed Sam Querrey and wild card qualifier Bradley Klahn both lost in four sets. John Isner, seeded 13th, is playing Gael Monfils of France tonight.
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