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Nadal bucks slow start at US Open

French Open champ Li Na crushes out
/ 07:48 AM September 01, 2011

New  York — Rafael Nadal’s first match as defending U.S. Open champion was hardly a tour de force, with the Spaniard lucky to record a victory over the relatively lowly-ranked Andrey Golubev yesterday.

Nadal dropped serve six times, an extraordinary figure given he was only broken five times across seven matches en route to winning the 2010 title at Flushing Meadows. His shots didn’t have their normal depth and he needed to save seven set points during the second set before coming through 6-3, 7-6 (1), 7-5.

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“I was a little bit lucky to win today in straight sets,” Nadal said.

Still, he progressed to the second round and a clash with Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, who recovered from two sets down to beat Robert Farah.

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Easy win for Djokovic

Nadal certainly expended more energy than Novak Djokovic, who overtook the Spaniard at No. 1 in the rankings last month.

Playing his first match in nine days as he rested a sore right shoulder, the top-seeded Djokovic began setting aside any questions about his fitness for Flushing Meadows, building a 6-0, 5-1 lead before qualifier Conor Niland of Ireland stopped after 44 minutes due to the effects of food poisoning.

The 24-year-old Serb improved to 58-2 with nine titles in 2011, including at Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

The Serb’s second-round opponent will be Argentine Carlos Berlocq, who won in straight sets against Pere Riba.

Nadal’s Spanish compatriot David Ferrer, seeded fifth, also had to work hard to beat Igor Andreev of Russia, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-4. Ferrer will next met American James Blake, who got past Jesse Huta Galung in four sets.

Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny and Croatia’s Ivan Dodig were the seeded casualties Tuesday.

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Youzhny was beaten 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 by Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis, while Dodig came out on the wrong end of a topsy-turvy match against Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko, who prevailed 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-0, 2-6, 6-2.

Women’s side

In the women’s draw, top seed Caroline Wozniacki had a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 win over Spain’s Nuria Llagostera-Vives and will next take on Arantxa Rus, who was a straight sets winner over Elena Vesnina.

Belarussian Viktoria Azarenka, seeded fourth, was a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Sweden’s Johanna Larsson and her second-round opponent will be Argentine Gisela Dulko, who won in straight sets against Canada’s Rebecca Marino.

French Open champion Li Na was the shock elimination of the day, beaten 6-2, 7-5 by Romania’s Simona Halep, whos reward was a second-round meeting with Spain’s Carla Suarez-Navarro. /ap

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